Former News International chief executive Rebekah Brooks is to be charged with perverting the course of justice during the phone-hacking scandal.
Mrs Brooks and her racehorse trainer husband Charlie revealed the charges in a statement in which they criticised the decision by the UK's Crown Prosecution Service.
They said: “We have this morning been informed by the Office of the Department of Public Prosecutions that we are to be charged with perverting the course of justice.
“We deplore this weak and unjust decision.
“After the further unprecedented posturing of the CPS we will respond later today after our return from the police station.”
Mrs Brooks's former PA Cheryl Carter, the company's head of security Mark Hanna, News International chauffeur Paul Edwards and security consultant Daryl Jorsling have also been told they will face charges, the CPS confirmed.