Once upon a time, Rupert Murdoch used to have another close crony: Silvio Berlusconi. Berlusconi was a Blair crony as well. Together, Murdoch and Berlusconi privatised TV in Italy. Together … However, then Rupert and Silvio quarreled about the spoils of the privatisation loot. Suddenly, the Murdoch empire discovered Berlusconi‘s sexual, financial and other scandals.
By Ben Bryant
10:07AM GMT 24 Nov 2013
Blair has always stated that his relationship with Deng is platonic and there is no suggestion of any impropriety by Blair or Deng.
Murdoch and Deng’s divorce was finalised by a US court last week after the couple reached an “amicable” divorce settlement to end their 14-year marriage.
Murdoch and Blair were close allies for many years and Murdoch’s support is widely considered to have been a crucial factor in Labour’s three consecutive election victories from 1997 onwards.
Speculation of an affair between Blair and Deng first emerged in June after a tweet from BBC journalist Robert Peston who said: “Am told that undisclosed reasons for Murdoch divorcing Deng are jaw-dropping and hate myself for wanting to know what they are.”
At the time a spokesperson for Blair denied an affair with Deng.
Murdoch met Deng, a Yale business school graduate, in 1997 on a business trip to Shanghai when he sought to hire a translator and guide.
Spokespeople for Blair, Murdoch and Deng did not respond to requests for comment.
What does Tony Blair’s wife Cherie think about this?
A sensational letter reportedly written by Rupert Murdoch’s former wife Wendi Deng, in which she appears to praise Tony Blair’s “good body”, “nice legs” and “butt”, has been published: here.
Tony Blair and Rupert Murdoch: the deconstruction of a friendship. Even if untrue, rumours of Blair’s alleged affair with Wendi Deng mean there is no fixing the former intimacy of the two godfathers; here.
Tony Blair will never discuss speculation over his relationship with Rupert Murdoch’s ex-wife, Wendi Deng. The former Prime Minister reacted angrily when asked about the issue in an interview with the Economist, banging his coffee cup “so loudly into its saucer that it spills and everyone in the room jumps”: here.
US WEEKLY: WENDI DENG DATING VLADIMIR PUTIN Rupert Murdoch’s ex-wife was also rumored to have had an affair with the former U.K. Prime Minister Tony Blai: here.
- Murdoch ex Deng possibly cheated with Tony Blair: report (nydailynews.com)
- Hell Hath No Fury Like an Oligargch Scorned (Rupert Murdoch Edition) (economicpolicyjournal.com)
- Tony Blair’s ‘Friendship’ With Wendi Deng Ended Relations Between Former PM And Rupert Murdoch (privateinvesigations.blogspot.com)
- No happily-ever-aftering in Murdochland (news.muckety.com)
- Rupert Murdoch killed Myspace, co-founder says (smartbrief.com)