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Rupert And James Committee Hearing Comes Under Attack By Demonstrator

19/07/2011 16:57 | Updated 18 September 2011

Rupert Murdoch has been attacked by a demonstrator during his two hour evidence session in front of parliament.

As the media mogul gave evidence to the culture, media and sport committee, a protester broke into the hearing and attacked the News Corp CEO. Read the full account of the session here.

The man, who is reported to be Jonathan May-Bowles, threw what appeared to be a plate of shaving foam at Murdoch and called him "greedy". He was blocked by Murdoch's wife Wendi, who attempted to hit him and Murdoch's son James.

Police have hand-cuffed and taken away the perpetrator following the incident. It is unclear how the activist broke in.

Before the attack May-Bowles tweeted: "It is a far better thing that I do now than I have ever done before."

Asked outside the hearing about security by the BBC, Labour MP Chris Bryant said "I guess they weren't looking for shaving foam". Mr Bryant indicated the man was in contempt of parliament.

The session ended with MP Tom Watson saying: "Mr Murdoch, your wife has a very good left hook."

Tobias Wilson, a comedian who knows May-Bowles, told the Huffington Post UK that he was "passionate" about politics and a good father. "He is genuinely passionate about his politics and is a moral guy. He's a good dad. I guess what he did wasn't wise even if done for the right reasons. But to be honest I think he's a good guy, trying to get a good message across."

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