Rupert Murdoch Accosted by Protester at Parliament

7/19/2011 9:06 AM PDT

[VIDEO] Rupert Murdoch Attacked by Protester in Parliament

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.

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.

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

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