High drama marks Murdoch’s hearing

London: High drama marked the hearing of Rupert Murdoch before British lawmakers in the phone hacking scandal where the media baron said that Tuesday was “the most humble day of my life”, as he apologised to the victims but said he was not responsible for the fiasco.

An intruder identified as Jonnie Marbles barged into the high-security committee room of the House of Commons and attacked the 80-year-old Murdoch with a plate.

The globally televised hearing where Murdoch faced intense grilling by parliamentarians, was suspended for about 15 minutes.

The intruder who described himself as an activist and comedian lunged towards Murdoch from behind and hit him on his shoulder with the plate with shaving foam.

Murdoch’s wife Wendi Deng sprung to his defence and appeared to be slapping the intruder who was quickly bundled out.

During the tense hearing, Murdoch and his son James apologised for the phone hacking, a scandal which has engulfed their media empire and rocked police and politicians to the core. (PTI)

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