Murdoch foam pie attacker: London comedian Jonnie Marbles arrested

17:17 19 July 2011

Chaotic scenes during committee hearing, yesterday

Chaotic scenes during committee hearing, yesterday

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Rupert Murdoch was attacked with a plate of shaving foam, reportedly by an anarchist comedian called Jonnie Marbles from Croydon in south London.

The incident happened two and a half hours into Rupert and James Murdoch’s appearance at the culture, media and sport committee.

Posting on Twitter, @JonnieMarbles tweeted minutes before the attack: “It is a far better thing that I do now than I have ever done before.” The post was suffixed with the hashtag ‘splat’.

Proceedings were halted by the attack, restarting again at 5.10pm.

The media tycoon’s wife Wendi leapt to his defence, first pushing him away and then smacking 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.

Scotland Yard confirmed that a 26-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of assault.

The substance splattered on Mr Murdoch is believed to be shaving foam, officers added.

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