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‘Shaken’ Rupert Murdoch Meets With Family Of Millie Dowler To Apologize

Rupert Murdoch, knee-deep in damage control overseas, met privately today with the family of Millie Dowler, the British girl who was kidnapped and murdered and whose cell phone was hacked for a story in Murdoch’s News of the World. Emerging from a meeting in a London hotel–and subjected to shouts of “shame on you” from protesters–reporters asked Murdoch if he personally apologized, and his answer was blunt. “Of course I did.”

A lawyer for the Dowler family, which is reported to be considering legal action against News Corp. for the phone hacking, described Murdoch as “shaken and sincere”:

“I think this was something that had hit him on a very personal level and was something that shouldn’t have happened,” he added.

“He apologised many times. I don’ think somebody could have held their head in their hands so many times and say that they were sorry.”

Murdoch was also said to have referred to his mother and father, an Australian journalist, saying that the standards set by them had not been met.

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