Rupert Murdoch Attacked At Phone-Hacking Hearing

By: John Plunkett |

The Murdochs’ appearance before MPs for a grilling about the phone-hacking scandal was brought to a dramatic halt after an activist attempted to hit Rupert Murdoch in the face with a paper plate covered in shaving foam.

Murdoch’s wife Wendi Deng, who was sitting behind her husband in the culture, media and sport committee hearing, leapt up to defend her husband and appeared to hit out at the attacker as security guards and police rushed across the room to apprehend him.

The attack happened just before 5pm on Tuesday and the News Corp chairman and chief executive was back answering MPs questions within 20 minutes, having removed his foam-spattered suit jacket.

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