Pie Protester Lunges at Murdoch; Wife Defends

Wife Wendi Deng tries to fend off foamy attacker

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff

Posted Jul 19, 2011 11:21 AM CDT

(Newser) – A little drama toward the end of the Rupert Murdoch hearing today: A protester lunged forward with something like a plate of shaving cream and tried to smear the News Corp chief. Murdoch's wife, Wendi Deng, jumped up to defend her 80-year-old husband from the attack, notes the Wall Street Journal live blog. Looks like she even clocked the assailant on the head, adds the Daily Dish coverage. The hearing was suspended for about 10 minutes, and the protester taken into custody. CNN says Murdoch got hit in the face by the foam, and he finished the hearing sans jacket.

A comedian and self-described "activist" named Jonnie Marbles claimed responsibility for the foamy assault on Twitter with a pre-attack tweet, notes the Daily Intel blog. He apparently shouted something along the lines of Murdoch being a greedy billionaire when he came forward during the hearing.

Rupert Murdoch testifies Tuesday.
Rupert Murdoch testifies Tuesday.   (AP Photo/ PA)
Rupert Murdoch and his wife Wendi Deng in a file photo.
Rupert Murdoch and his wife Wendi Deng in a file photo.   (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)
In this image made from television, committee members and a policemen react after a protester disrupted proceedings.
In this image made from television, committee members and a policemen react after a protester disrupted proceedings.   (AP Photo/pa)
That's Rupert Murdoch's wife, Wendi Deng, in pink, raising her hand against the attacker. Murdoch is seated and can't be seen.
That's Rupert Murdoch's wife, Wendi Deng, in pink, raising her hand against the attacker. Murdoch is seated and can't be seen.   (YouTube)
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A clip of the attack on YouTube.   (YouTube)

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