Murdoch foam pie attacker admits assault
A British protester who hit media mogul Rupert Murdoch with a foam pie during a parliamentary hearing pleaded guilty in court Friday to assault and causing harrassment, alarm or distress.
Jonathan May-Bowles, a 26-year-old comedian, splattered Murdoch with a plate covered with shaving foam as the 80-year-old News Corporation boss was testifying to British lawmakers on the phone-hacking scandal on July 19.
Dressed in a checked shirt and with his balding hair uncombed, May-Bowles was mobbed by photographers and television cameramen as he appeared at the City of Westminster Magistrates Court in central London.
May-Bowles, who goes by the stage name of "Jonnie Marbles", said in media interviews last week that he had "much respect" for Murdoch's wife Wendi Deng, who leapt up to attack him during the incident.
He defended his attack on Murdoch, saying it "doesn't match the misdeeds that he has committed as head of News International", the British newspaper arm of Murdoch's media empire.
Murdoch and his son James were answering questions from lawmakers on the phone-hacking scandal at the News of the World, Britain's biggest-selling Sunday paper, which was closed down on July 7 amid public outrage.
© 2011 AFP