Rebekah Brooks, former chief executive of News International arrives at Westminster Magistrates Court in London, Monday, Sept. 3, 2012. Former Rupert Murdoch protege Rebekah Brooks has been formally charged with conspiring to hack into the phones of hundreds of well-known people and their associates. Brooks, who quit as chief executive of Murdoch's News International when the phone hacking scandal exploded last year, has vowed to fight the charges. (AP Photo/Sang Tan)
LONDON — Eight people are appearing in court to face charges connected to the phone hacking scandal that rocked Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. empire.
Rebekah Brooks, the former chief of News Corp.'s British newspapers, and Andy Coulson, the ex-communications chief for Prime Minister David Cameron, were among those appearing in court Wednesday.
The eight are accused of participating in a campaign of espionage which targeted hundreds of celebrities, sports stars, politicians and crime victims.
Among the hacking targets was Milly Dowler, a 13-year-old girl abducted and murdered in a case that drew national attention. Journalists are alleged to have eavesdropped on her mobile phone, listened to her voicemail messages, and deleted some of them in order to make room for more.