Former News International legal manager Tom Crone tonight dismissed “unfounded” claims that he had misled MPs.
Mr Crone admitted there were “valid criticisms” of his conduct over phone-hacking, and praised the “good work” of the Commons Culture Committee, which has published its long-awaited report into the controversy.
But he insisted he did not accept its findings that his evidence was “misleading”.
“For the avoidance of doubt, I entirely accept the News of the World phone-hacking scandal is a matter of enormous public importance which needed a full and proper investigation and I in no way wish to diminish the good work undertaken by the Committee,” Mr Crone said in a statement.
“I accept that there are valid criticisms of my conduct in this matter but for the second time in a week, I seem to be the subject of serious allegations which lack foundation.”