Charlie Brooks has told a court that he hid his collection of lesbian porn DVDs and an old laptop to avoid ‘embarrassing’ his wife Rebekah.

Brooks pleads not guilty to perverting the course of justice, while his wife denies conspiracy to hack phones, conspiracy to pervert the course of justice, and conspiracy to commit misconduct in a public office.

He said at the Old Bailey today: “I envisaged 20 policemen coming in and emptying every drawer and looking under every nook and cranny, and I did think about my DVDs.”

Referring to the former Home Secretary Jacqui Smith, who resigned after it emerged she had claimed her husband’s pay-per-view porn on expenses, he said: “I had what I still describe as my Jacqui Smith moment.”

“I didn’t want to embarrass my wife in the same way. My instinctive reaction was that the police could easily leak this sort of thing to the press.”

He said the laptop was from his bachelor days, and contained “smut” and novels he was planning to write.

He said: “Incredibly stupidly and rashly, I thought I would hide this too, so they didn’t take it away and I wouldn’t lose my material.”

The court first heard about the DVDs, which include the titles “Instant Lesbian”, and “Lesbian Psychodrama”, in January, 

The five other defendants in the case all deny charges.

The trial continues.