Rebekah Brooks, the former News International executive, received £7 million — roughly $11.2 million — to leave the company
News Corporation reportedly paid Rebekah Brooks, the scandal-embroiled former chief of its British newspaper division, about $11.2 million to leave the company.
The terms of the deal were not revealed in the report by the Financial Times, which cited two unnamed people "with knowledge of her compensation." But it said the former News International boss took the severance pay under so-called clawback conditions, which would allow the media giant to reclaim some of the money it shelled it out to her.
The number dwarfs figures in earlier reports saying the newspaper executive left the company in July 2011 with a $2.7 million pay package.
Brooks, who joined News International in 1989, is charged with three counts of alleged phone hacking, in part from the time she spent as editor of the now-defunct News of the World tabloid.
The newspaper, which News Corp. CEO Rupert Murdoch shuttered in July 2011 amid the ballooning scandal, allegedly hacked as many as 600 victims' phones, including celebrities such as Brad Pitt, Charlotte Church and Hugh Grant. Brooks also faces three counts of conspiracy to pervert the course of justice.
She was officially charged in August. Her trial is scheduled to begin next September.