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Comedian 'Marbles' convicted over Murdoch pie attack

Jonathan May-Bowles, aka ‘Jonnie Marbles’, pleads guilty to attacking Rupert Murdoch, 80, earlier this month.

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THE MAN WHO threw a shaving-foam pie at Rupert Murdoch during a House of Commons committee meeting carried live around the world has pleaded guilty to two charges in court.

Jonathan May-Bowles, also known as ‘Jonnie Marbles’, pleaded guilty to assault and to causing harassment, alarm or distress on July 19 when he approached Murdoch in the Wilson Room at Portcullis House, Westminster.

Murdoch, the chief executive of News Corporation, was giving evidence to MPs at a meeting of the Culture, Sport and Media committee in relation to the News of the World’s use of illegal phone-hacking to source stories.

The Daily Telegraph reported that Murdoch did not support the charge of assault. May-Bowles will be sentenced on August 2.

WATCH: Rupert Murdoch pied by protester whilst giving evidence to MPs >

READ: Jonnie Marbles: Why I foam-pied Rupert Murdoch (Guardian) >

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