Rupert Murdoch Attacked With Pie (video)

Rupert Murdoch attacked with shaving-cream pie in hacking testimony. Mr Murdoch’s wife Wendi Deng and his son James immediately jumped to his defence as the attack was launched, She then smacked the plate over the demonstrator as he was led away by police. Members of the audience described how the protester said “You naughty billionaire” to Mr Murdoch as he carried out the attack.

Johnnie Marble wearing a checked shirt, was detained by police. As he was taken out of the building in handcuffs, the man refused to give his name, saying: “As Mr Murdoch himself said, I’m afraid I cannot comment on an ongoing police investigation.” Describing himself as an activist and comedian, Mr Marbles wrote on Twitter just before the incident: “It is a far better thing that I do now than I have ever done before #splat.”

Starting in 2006, there were allegations that individuals working for the News of the World, a British Sunday-only tabloid newspaper (eventually forced into closure by the scandal) published by News International—a subsidiary of Rupert Murdoch‘s News Corporation—had engaged in phone hacking. The scandal came to prominence in the midst of an attempted takeover of British Sky Broadcasting by News Corporation, which was forced to abandon the acquisition. While the original allegations were limited to the hacking of celebrities, politicians and members of the British Royal Family, further allegations that victims of the phone hacking included murdered schoolgirl Milly Dowler, relatives of deceased British soldiers, and victims of the 7/7 London bombings generated widespread public outrage in the United Kingdom. The News of the World published its final edition on 10 July 2011 after 168 years of publication.

On 6 July 2011, British prime minister David Cameron declared that a public government inquiry would convene to investigate the affair, once police inquiries had been completed. On 13 July, Cameron named Lord Justice Leveson as chairman of the inquiry, with a remit to look into the specific claims about phone hacking and police bribery by the News of the World, while a separate inquiry would consider the culture and ethics of the British media. He also said the Press Complaints Commission would be replaced “entirely”.

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