Job with Murdochs was like a 'war zone' -- nanny
RUPERT Murdoch and Wendi Deng (pictured) have been forced to deny a series of allegations made by their former nanny who claimed that working for the media mogul's wife was like being in a "war zone".
Ying-Shu Hsu, who worked in the Murdoch household, 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. In a statement, Ms Hsu was described as a "disgruntled former employee".
Ms Hsu began working for the Murdochs in December 2004. She was originally hired to teach the couple's daughters Grace (10) and Chloe (9) how to read and write in their mother's native language but was soon given additional responsibilities.
However, she says working for Ms Deng was far from enjoyable.
Ms Hsu told the US gossip website Gawker, "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 the most extreme example came when Ms Deng kicked a 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," Ms Hsu claimed.
Ms Hsu, who was paid $3,000 (€2,445) a month, left her job following a knee injury in January 2006. She later tried to sue the family, claiming she was not given proper compensation, but her case was unsuccessful.
A spokesman for Mr Murdoch and his wife said: "Having failed in court, (Ms Hsu) has apparently turned to the media with unfounded and untrue accusations." (© Daily Telegraph, London)