Hacking scandal: Intruder tries to attack Murdoch during hearing

first_imgThere was high drama inside British parliament as Rupert Murdoch and his son James were being questioned on the hacking scandal. An intruder tried to attack the Murdochs inside the committee room while the hearing was on.The intruder in a check shirt lunged towards the 80-year-old Murdoch from behind and hit him on his shoulder with the plate with shaving foam.He was fought off by a group of people including Rupert Murdoch’s Chinese origin wife Wendi Deng, who appeared to be slapping him. He was caught by a couple of policemen and bundled out.While senior Murdoch remained calm, his son James appeared rattled as he got off to protect his father during the commotion.When the proceedings resumed, Murdoch had removed his jacket and continued his deposition. The committee even apologised to the Murdochs for the incident.Murdoch, his son James, who is the chairman of News Corp’s British arm News International, and former News International CEO Rebekah Brooks were being questioned by the British parliamentary committee.”We are sorry,” James told the panel earlier, adding, “We will make sure our actions are not repeated.” He also said the company has apologized and has accepted its liability.Eighty-year-old Murdoch said, “This is the most humble day of my life.” They faced tough questions from politicians about suspicions that Britain’s parliament was misled over allegations of phone hacking by one of Murdoch’s newspapers.The 10-member panel of politicians on the Culture, Media and Sport committee was to focus on James Murdoch’s admission that parliament was misled over the hacking allegations.advertisementThe Murdochs had initially declined to appear at the British parliamentary hearing, but later changed their minds amid escalating political and public condemnation of suspected media abuses at the News of the World tabloid.News International had previously pinned the blame for phone-hacking crimes on a single rogue reporter, who was convicted in 2007.last_img

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