July 17, 2011 at 04:13 PM EDT

Rebekah Brooks has been arrested in London as part of the police investigation into the News of the World phone hacking scandal, according to the AP. Brooks, a former editor of the U.K. tabloid newspaper, was arrested at noon today and is being questioned on suspicion of conspiring to intercept communications and on suspicion of corruption.

A statement released on Brooks’ behalf said she “voluntarily attended a London police station to assist with their ongoing investigation.” Brooks’ arrest comes just two days after she stepped down as head of Rupert Murdoch’s British newspaper company, News International.

It is alleged the News of the World hacked the phones of thousands of people, including Gwyneth Paltrow, Sienna Miller, Jude Law, and a 13-year-old murder victim named Milly Dowler. On Thursday, the New York Times reported the FBI has a opened a preliminary inquiry into allegations that the paper attempted to gain access to the phone records of victims of the Sept. 11 attacks.

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Hugh Grant talks to EW about his role in the ‘News of the World’ phone hacking scandal: ‘They hacked me, I hacked him.’

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