UK foam pie protester admits assault on Murdoch

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Posted: Jul 29, 2011 6:58 AM
UK foam pie protester admits assault on Murdoch

LONDON (Reuters) - A British protester who threw a plate of foam at Rupert Murdoch during a parliamentary hearing into the phone-hacking scandal pleaded guilty to assault on Friday.

Jonathan May-Bowles, a comedian who uses the name Jonnie Marbles, also admitted causing harassment, alarm or distress during a short hearing at Westminster Magistrates' Court, central London.

The 26-year-old, from Windsor, west of London, hurled the "foam pie" at Murdoch's face toward the end of a meeting of the British parliament's influential Culture, Media and Sport Committee.

The 80-year-old's third wife, Wendi Deng, who was sitting behind the media mogul, immediately jumped up and appeared to hit the attacker. The parliamentary hearing was adjourned for 15 minutes and the room was cleared. Murdoch returned to finish giving his evidence, without his foam-spattered jacket.

May-Bowles will be sentenced later.

(Reporting Peter Griffiths; Editing by Steve Addison)