Date: July 21 2012
Rupert Murdoch and his wife Wendi Deng have been forced to deny allegations by their former nanny that working for Miss Deng was like being in a ''war zone''.
Ying-Shu Hsu claimed that Ms Deng would frequently lose her temper with staff and once threw a nanny out of her car, leaving her stranded by the roadside.
The allegations were dismissed by a spokesman for the Murdochs, who described Mrs Hu as a ''disgruntled former employee''. Mrs Hsu began working for the couple in December 2004 after answering an anonymous advertisement for a Chinese language tutor. She was hired to teach their daughters Grace, 10, and Chloe, 9, to read and write in their mother's native language but was soon given additional responsibilities.
But she says that it was far from enjoyable working for Ms Deng: ''Everyone who works for her hates her and is scared of her. When she's there, it's like a war zone.''
She said that Ms Deng once kicked another nanny out of her car. ''One of the nannies made a mistake in the car, and Wendi told the chauffeur to stop the car and told the nanny to get out and then drove off. She has a hot temper,'' she claimed.
Mrs Hsu, who was paid $3000 a month, left her job following a knee injury in January 2006. She later tried to sue claiming she was not properly compensated, but was unsuccessful.
A spokesman for Mr Murdoch and his wife said: ''Ms Hsu is a disgruntled former employee who worked for the Murdoch family for a year more than six years ago. The Murdochs' workers' compensation insurance policy covered her injury and offered her compensation, but Ms Hsu chose instead to pursue legal action.''
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