Rupert Murdoch's daughter Elisabeth and her PR tycoon husband Matthew Freud threw a party of decadent opulence and excess that saw the political and media elite flock to their 22-bedroom Cotswolds mansion Burford Priory yet again.
Just 24 hours later, the news broke that murdered schoolgirl Milly Dowler's mobile had been hacked by Rupert Murdoch's News of the World newspaper and his global empire was plunged into disarray.
Generous hosts: But are Elizabeth Murdoch and husband Matthew Freud's opulent influence coming to an end?
The Murdoch-Freuds' marathon all-night party, which started on the evening of July 2 and ended at noon the following day, could turn out to be its last hurrah.
The party guest list paints a telling picture of the powerful web of influence that the couple had spun before the hacking crisis erupted. It reads like a roll call of the modern establishment – with the Murdochs and other News International executives at the hub.
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