Rupert Murdoch's British newspaper group has spent more than £53 million on its own investigation of the phone-hacking and illegal payments scandal, figures reveal.
Most of the £53.2 million figure has been accrued through legal and professional fees.
Accounts for NI Group Limited - which incorporates the Sun, the Times and the Sunday Times - show that the internal management and standards committee (MSC) has racked up the cost since last July, when it was launched.
Rebekah Brooks angrily attacked police and prosecutors tonight as she said she was "baffled" to face charges.
Former News International chief executive Rebekah Brooks has been charged with perverting the course of justice.
Former News of the World editor Rebekah Brooks has been charged with perverting the course of justice during the phone-hacking scandal.