china wendi deng tiger wife murdochThe phone hacking scandal that has embroiled Rupert Murdoch and put in question his running of the media empire that is NewsCorp took an unexpected turn around 12:00 PM New York time, as Forbes’ Jeff Bercovici reported in his live blog of the session. See the footage below.
The pie-throwing attacker is a comedian who calls himself Jonnie Marbles, according to The Telegraph.
Rupert and his son James Murdoch, as well as the host of MPs grilling them, were surprised when a man made a run for the octogenarian and tried to shove what appeared to be a shaving cream pie in his face after calling him “greedy,” according to CNBC.
Camera feeds quickly turned away and transmission was cut, but the shot revealed a courageous defense by Wendi Murdoch, Rupert’s wife. Wendi had quick feet and managed to disrupt the creaming of Rupert.
Footage showed the assailant being arrested outside Parliament, most of the pie on his own face, as Bobbies wiped him with a tissue.
The committee was back in session eight minutes later, with camera feeds transmitting the hearing live once again, revealing a jacket-less Rupert Murdoch appearing relatively untroubled by the attack.