So, Rebekah Brooks and Andy Coulson were friends with benefits? The embattled former News of the World editor told a courtroom that though she and her fellow editor had several periods of "physical intimacy," they did not have a six-year affair, as the prosecution has characterized during the phone-hacking trial. Brooks said she began the relationship with Coulson in 1998, and it continued sporadically for several years. "Any affair is by its very nature dysfunctional," she said. "It certainly added a complexity to what was a very good friendship."