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James and his sister Elisabeth have yet to mend their relationship, which suffered greatly over the summer of 2011 after she spoke up about what she saw as James’s failure of leadership. Elisabeth approached both James and their father during the most heated moments of the crisis, after the Dowler scandal erupted, in an attempt to force James to take a leave of absence. James’s relationship with Lachlan, his older brother, is friendly on the surface, but the two have always been rivals, and one executive close to Lachlan says that he is deeply frustrated with his brother. The rift with Rupert, however, seems to be healing, in part because the two may feel they have no one left but each other. “James is damaged goods, so no one, with the possible exception of his father, will protect him,” says a former News Corp. executive. “He has no allies left. None.” That’s true with respect to his potential ascension to C.E.O., but James maintains support within News Corp. to work inside the company’s TV business.