GQ publisher in contempt of court with phone-hacking article

The publisher of GQ magazine has been found guilty of contempt of court over a “very seriously prejudicial” article about the phone-hacking trial of Rebekah Brooks and Andy Coulson.

Condé Nast, the US publisher behind the magazine, was accused of publishing an article last year that could have “seriously impeded or prejudiced” the Old Bailey trial.

The article by the US journalist Michael Wolff, published during the trial last April, contained allegations that Rupert Murdoch, the owner of the now-defunct News of the World, was implicated in phone hacking, the high court in London was told.

The feature also included claims that had not been put before the trial jury, including that Brooks had received a £10.8m settlement from Murdoch.

Condé Nast is facing a large fine after the judges – the lord chief justice, John Thomas of Cwmgiedd, and Mrs Justice Nicola Davies – ruled that the article clearly created “a substantial risk” that the trial of Brooks, Coulson and other employees of the newspaper “would be seriously impeded or prejudiced”.


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