The news that Rebekah Brooks has become a parent was this morning tarnished by allegations in The Guardian that she obtained the child by illegally accessing the womb of a pregnant woman.
‘Our investigation has revealed that in pursuit of a front-page splash, the former News of the World editor and News International executive arranged via a third party for the newborn child to be intercepted before its rightful owner could get her hands on it,’ said Guardian reporter, Nick Davies. ‘Sadly this is exactly the sort of thing we have come to expect from Mrs Brooks.’
The Guardian also went on to suggest that James Murdoch may have been informed by email as early as 2007 that Mr and Mrs Brooks’ procreative activities extended beyond ‘one rogue bedroom’.
However, following a strongly-worded letter from Mrs Brooks’ lawyers, The Guardian is this afternoon carrying a small-print apology on page 17 accepting that Mrs Brooks obtained her daughter legally. ‘I have also apologised personally to Mrs Brooks,’ said editor Alan Rusbridger. ‘I left a message for her on Jude Law’s voicemail.’