Who is Rebekah Wade?

Oct. 27 2008, Published 7:07 a.m. ET

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It's already been floated that Rebekah Wade, the editor of Rupert Murdoch-owned British tabloid the Sun, is set to take over for hard-drinking Aussie Col Allan as editor in chief of the New York Post. If true—a flack from Rubenstein PR insisted again Tuesday that it's not—Wade should have little trouble fitting in at the house of Page Six.

In 2005, the frizzy-haired, Sorbonne-educated red-head—one of the highest paid editors in Britain—was arrested on suspicion of drunkenly assaulting her husband, soap star Ross Kemp (check him out here embedded with a British infantry group in Afghanistan!). According to the Guardian, Wade, who had run a series of stories in the Sun aimed at stamping out domestic violence, had been with Kemp at a smallish birthday party for Matthew Freud, Sigmund's great-grandson and the husband of Rupert's TV executive daughter, Elisabeth Murdoch (Rupert was also in attendance). Sometime between the end of the party and 4 a.m., Wade and Kemp got into an argument that resulted in Kemp calling the police. When they arrived, he was nursing a "small abrasion" on his lip; Wade was summarily cuffed and hauled off to jail, where she spent the night before being released at noon the next day.

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