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Rupert Murdoch

Accosted by Protester

at Parliament

7/19/2011 9:06 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

80-year-old Rupert Murdoch was nearly PIED IN THE FACE during his hearing at Parliament today -- but the assailant actually got nailed, thanks to Mr. Murdoch's wife.

Rupert Murdoch Attacked
Look closely at the video (below) ... you see the assailant on the left of the screen. He then prepares to hurl the pie  -- which appears to be some sort of white foam in a foil pie dish. Murdoch's wife, Wendi Deng (pink jacket) ... hurls her body toward the man to block the attack.


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The assailant -- real name Jonathan May-Bowles -- ended up getting the brunt of it.

Rupert Murdoch
Murdoch was in Parliament to testify about the News of the World scandal.

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1.

Rhubino    

This whole thing is nuts. What a can of worms.

1005 days ago
2.

some guy    

They should've released the hounds.

@TMZ did you find out what flavor the pie was?

1005 days ago
3.

dimes    

It was shaving cream, according to CNN. And given that Rupert resumed his testimony in his shirtsleeves, the pie found its target on his jacket as well as on his head.

1005 days ago
4.

hml    

Looks like the assailant got some of his own medicine. How in the world did this moron get through security?

1005 days ago
5.

some guy    

Wow... dunno who the chick in pink was, but she threw a hook.

She schooled that dude.

1005 days ago
6.

Regulator    

Pie misfire! Classic.

This guy should not have any pies in his home. Most pie deaths are attributed to tin cleaning accidents, or the pie owner's own pies being used against them in robberies.

1005 days ago
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CJ    

Not "nearly pied in the face" ..... watch the full tv coverage TMZ. Rupert had to take his coat off because it was covered with "cream" on the right shoulder - so he likely got a good bit in the face too.

This shows you who's the got the real balls in that couple. Wife Wendy lurched like a brute to defend her husband! Haha. Of course, she's like 40 - and ol' hubby's like a hundred.

1005 days ago
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Ehécatl    

I´m shocked. No, I´m not shocked by this guy trying to give Rupert Murdoch a pie in the face. While violence like this is wrong, it´s not surprising in light of the accusations brought against Murdoch´s empire. What does shock me is that TMZ is actually devoting an article to the scandal surrounding Murdoch. TMZ has steadfastly refused to make any allusions to this scandal in the last two weeks (perhaps because its T.V. show airs on Murdoch´s Fox network?) Of course, the present story casts Murdoch as a victim, hence it can be seen as kind of positive publicity for this man. Still, it´s surprising that TMZ has finally broken its two-week-old silence.

1005 days ago
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wasted days and wasted nights    

Dude should've read the section on pies in the book of parliamentary procedures.

1005 days ago
10.

LILY    

the one in pink is his wife!! What a Jerk...She protected her husband..thats too sweet!

1005 days ago
11.

Shay    

Ehécatl
The "protester" is against government (public) job cuts. Guess what that has to do with Murdoch?

1005 days ago
12.

Delaware D    

On the next episode of Law & Order....

1005 days ago
13.

Rhubino    

What was that guy thinking!!! Plaid?

1005 days ago
14.

jack-55d79    

It was really shocking watching it live on TV because it wasn't immediately clear it was just a sad case with a shaving foam pie. Kudos to Wendy Deng with her defensive palm punch though, very quick.

1005 days ago
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noneofyourbusiness    

Dang, his wife is PIMP! Way to protect yo man Mrs. Murdoch! LOL!

1005 days ago
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