Report: Murdoch Gave Brooks $2.72M Severance

    CHELTENHAM, UNITED KINGDOM - MARCH 18: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 48 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Rebekah Brooks (formerly Wade) and Rupert Murdoch attend day 3 of the Cheltenham Horse Racing Festival on March 18, 2010 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Indigo/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Rebekah Brooks;Rupert Murdoch

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    This should raise a few red flags: Rupert Murdoch allegedly gave former News International chief executive Rebekah Brooks roughly $2.72 million in cash, a London office, and a limousine as part of her severance. Brooks quit in July amid hacking allegations aimed at the company's News of the World tabloid and was arrested and subsequently released on bail days after she resigned. The question of why Brooks was given such a generous severance package will no doubt be raised when James Murdoch, Rupert Murdoch's son, returns to Westminster on Thursday to answer more questions from the Commons Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee about his knowledge of illegal activities that went down at the paper.

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