LONDON — Rupert Murdoch was attacked on Tuesday afternoon during a parliamentary inquiry, which he attended with his son James Murdoch, about the phone hacking scandal enveloping the family’s media empire.

The relatively calm, two-hour hearing was winding down around 5:00 pm local time when an assailant tried to jump on Murdoch and shove a plate of shaving foam in his face. Wendi Murdoch, his wife who was sitting in the front row of the audience, jumped to his defense and tried to fend off the assailant.

The founder of News Corp. and his son James, the chairman of News International, the main U.K. subsidiary of News Corp., defended their behavior in the hacking scandal during a hearing at Britain’s House of Commons Select Committee on Culture, Media and Sport.


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