Rupert Murdoch Pie Slinger Charged by Police, Due in Court Friday
LONDON – The protestor who received a right-hook from Rupert Murdoch’s wife Wendi Deng has been charged with a public order offense.
Jonathan May-Bowles, 26, who is known as comedian Jonnie Marbles, will appear before court on Friday in the U.K.
He is charged with behavior causing harassment, alarm or distress in a public place under Section 5 of the Public Order Act, Scotland Yard said.
The incident occured as Rupert Murdoch and his son James Murdoch dealt with questions from the Commons Culture, Media and Sport Committee.
Events unfolded rapidly as a man who had been sitting at the back of the Committee room in Parliament listening to the Murdochs give evidence, was seen to get up and walk around the left side of the packed room to get to where the duo were sitting.
The man then threw a paper plate with white foam piled on top at Murdoch's face, leaving him unmoved but damp. Murdoch subsequently removed his suit jacket to continue giving evidence after a five-minute recess.
Deng leapt to her husband's defence, first pushing the attacker away and then throwing the plate at him as he was led away by police.
The incident was condemned by audience members and MPs including Commons Speaker John Bercow who apologized.
Committee member Tom Watson closed the two-hour session with a compliment: “Mr. Murdoch, your wife has a very good left hook.”