Rebekah Brooks, one of the key players in the phone hacking scandal, got one hell of a severance package when she departed News International. According to The Guardian, Brooks was paid more than 7 million pounds (about $11.2 million), which included “cash payments for loss of service, pension enhancement, money for legal costs, a car and an office.” Unemployment doesn’t sound so bad with that number in your pocket.
Of course Brooks is still awaiting trial — she was charged with illegally tapping phones, and could go to jail for two years — so those millions could go to waste.
News International has never formally commented on her Brooks’ payment, but some speculate that there are “clawbacks” built into her package, meaning she would have to pay back some of that cash if she is found guilty. That would certainly make being imprisoned even worse.