News International, News Corp.'s British publishing division, is still paying the legal fees of a one-time aide to British Prime Minister David Cameron, according to a Financial Times report.
This is the second report this week related to payments to Coulson, a former editor-in-chief of the now-shuttered News of the World. A story by Bloomberg on Monday indicated that News International, which oversaw the scandal-plagued tabloid, was still paying Coulson while he worked as the UK Conservative Party's director of communications as part of a severance package.
This latest story takes those allegations one step further, suggesting that News International is making payments to Coulson's London law firm DLA Piper as part of some arrangement.
This raises the questions of whether Coulson was on the company's payroll while he was working as Cameron's director of communications, a post he resigned from because of intense speculation about his role in phone hacking.
It also further undermines the testimonies of both News Corp.'s international Chairman and CEO James Murdoch, son of the company's Chairman and CEO Rupert Murdoch, and former News International chief executive Rebekah Brooks. Brooks denied Coulson was being paid while Murdoch claimed ignorance.