Rupert Murdoch is an Australian American media mogul and founder of global media holding company News Corporation. Owner of British tabloid The Sun and broadsheet The Times, Murdoch's News Corp went on to acquire Twentieth Century Fox, HarperCollins, The Wall Street Journal and BSkyB. In July 2011 Murdoch faced allegations that his companies, including the News of the World, had been regularly hacking the phones of celebrities, royalty and public citizens. He faced police and government investigations into bribery and corruption by the British government and FBI investigations in the US. On 21 July 2012, Murdoch resigned as a director of News International.
Rupert Murdoch’s wife hires new lawyer in divorce case
The wife of News Corp Chief Executive Rupert Murdoch, Wendi Murdoch, has switched lawyers in a move signaling that their divorce proceedings could take an acrimonious turn, the New York Times reported on Monday.
Murdoch, 82, filed for divorce in June. He married the former Wendi Deng, 44, in 1999 in his third and her second marriage. They have two young daughters.
The newspaper said Deng has hired William Zabel, a New York trusts and estates lawyer who has represented several women in divorce cases involving wealthy businessmen, including Jane Beasley Welch, the ex-wife of former General Electric chief executive John Welch.
A spokesman for Deng, Christopher Giglio, confirmed the hiring of Zabel to the New York Times, but otherwise declined to comment.
Zabel’s law firm Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP could not immediately be reached for comment.
Deng had been represented by attorney Pamela Sloan, chair of the Family Law section of the New York State Bar Association.