UK foam pie protester admits assault on Murdoch

LONDON Fri Jul 29, 2011 4:23pm IST

Jonathan May-Bowles makes his way past cameras as he arrives at City of Westminster Magistrates' Court in London July 29, 2011. REUTERS/Andrew Winning

Jonathan May-Bowles makes his way past cameras as he arrives at City of Westminster Magistrates' Court in London July 29, 2011.

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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 towards 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.

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