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Charlie Brooks feared 'Jacqui Smith moment' over porn DVDs

Rebekah Brooks' husband said he hid a bag of his pornographic DVDs because he didn't want a "Jacqui Smith moment", the phone hacking trial heard. Ms Smith became embroiled in a row after her husband submitted an expenses claim for watching porn.

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Rebekah Brooks 'feared killer photo' of arrest

Charlie Brooks said his wife woke him in the night fearing a dawn raid by police. Credit: PA

Rebekah Brooks was paranoid about "the killer photograph" of her arrest appearing in the newspapers, the hacking trial has been told.

Her husband, Charlie Brooks, was describing how they changed their flights after a holiday so she could avoid what he described as the photo that might end her career.

Asked to explain the meaning of the "killer photograph", Mr Brooks replied: "You being led out of your home or away from your work in handcuffs surrounded by police. You are never going to work again."

He also described "the toxic atmosphere" that surrounded the couple as the crisis surrounding hacking allegations was gathering momentum at The News of the World during the spring and summer of 2011.

Mr Brooks said Rebekah "was under the kosh" and he constantly worried that she might be arrested in a dawn police raid.

He described one incident when he said he'd been whacked by his wife in the middle of the night and made to get up and dressed, only to discover that it was the dustbin men.

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