As being reported by CNN, Rupert Murdoch was hit “squarely in the face” by the plate of shaving foam, reports CNN’s Jonathan Wald. Wald added the man told Murdoch “you are a greedy billionaire.”
The event took place during Rupert and James Murdoch (his son) testimony before Members of Parliament about the News of the World phone hacking scandal. The 168-year-old tabloid was shut down on July 10 amid allegations that it hired private detectives to hack illegally into the voice mails of thousands of people, ranging from top politicians and celebrities to murder victims and the families of fallen troops.
There are also allegations that journalists bribed police to get private details about people, including members of the royal family.
The news clip of the “custard pie” incident shows Murdoch’s wife, Wendi Deng, then lunging after the attacker and getting in what looks like quite an apt wallop. MPs detained the protester and escorted him out. They then took a brief recess after which the elder Murdoch came back sans suit jacket. Presumably it was stained from the scuffle.
Live testimony from former News of the World editor Rebekah Brooks is being streamed live now at CNN.