In an already dramatic meeting with British Parliament, today a protester hurled a foam pie at embattled media mogul Rupert Murdoch. Luckily for Murdoch, the exec’s wife, Wendi, jumped to his defense by swiftly punching the guy in the head, blocking the full on foam attack. (Check out the slow-mo version). Murdoch walked away with no more than a messy suit jacket.
Member of Parliament Tom Watson, who was seated on the committee at the time of the incident, was so impressed with Mrs. Deng’s reaction he remarked, “Mr. Murdoch, your wife has a very good left hook.” Perhaps it’s from her days as a volleyball-player in China.
The man taking credit for the attack is British comedian Jonnie Marbles. He cleverly coined the hash-tag “#splat” for in a pre-pie throwing tweet. Police hand-cuffed him and took him away right after the incident. Though, it’s unclear how he even got in.
During the proceedings, the 80-year-old Murdoch denied any wrong-doing or responsibility in the hacking scandal. He said he was “shocked, appalled and ashamed” by actions of the now-shuttered News of the World tabloid.
He defiantly answered “no” when asked if he should step down. When members of Parliament raised questions concerning recent allegations victims of 9/11 may have had their phones hacked as well, Murdoch confidently replied, “We have seen no evidence of that at all and as far as we know the FBI haven’t either.”
The widely covered inquiry, which Murdoch referred to today as “the most humble day of my career,” comes after countless allegations of phone-hacking practices carried out by Murdoch’s company, News Corp (also the parent company of Fox News). Along with tapping into the voicemails of countless celebrities and politicians, News of the World was accused of hacking into and deleting the voicemails of missing 13-year-old Milly Dowler in 2002, leading law enforcement officers and the Dowler family to believe she was alive. Dowler was later found dead.
— By Harry Grabow