LONDON — James Murdoch says News International did the right thing in giving newly uncovered evidence to police.
He was responding to questions from lawmakers Tuesday over whether or not the company was aware of the contents of emails given to a law firm for review.
Murdoch says the company initially did not look further into alleged phone hacking in 2007 because police had said the case was closed.
He says that once more evidence emerged the company contacted the police and “did the right thing.”
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LONDON (AP) — Rupert Murdoch sparred Tuesday with a committee of lawmakers over the phone-hacking scandal that has rocked his global empire, reeling from tough questioning before recovering his composure and rebuffing his interrogators with flashes of his legendary toughness.
The elder Murdoch banged his hands on the table and said the day was the most humble of his life, becoming flustered when committee members peppered with him questions and turning to his son James for some answers.
He recovered later in a tense question-and-answer session with lawmakers, pushing back with firm denials of wrongdoing.
Murdoch, 80, said he was “shocked, appalled and ashamed” at the hacking of the phone of a murdered schoolgirl by his now-shuttered News of the World tabloid. He said he had seen no evidence that victims of the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attack and their relatives were targeted by any of his papers.