Media reports say British comedian disrupted Murdoch hearing
LONDON (AP) -- The protester who splattered Rupert Murdoch with foam from a pie plate during a hearing today is identified in British media reports as Jonnie Marbles, a British comedian.
Murdoch and his son James had been testifying for more than two hours to a committee of Parliament when a man in a plaid shirt appeared to run toward Murdoch with a plate full of foam, before he was struck by Murdoch's wife, Wendi Deng.
The foam hit Murdoch's suit jacket.
Police in the back of the committee room were seen holding a man with foam covering his face and shirt. Police say the man has been arrested on suspicion of assault during a public meeting.
Just before the attack, Marbles wrote on his Twitter feed, "It is a far better thing that I do now than I have ever done before" -- and he added "splat." It was a slightly altered quotation from Dickens.
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