Murdoch pie-thrower convicted of assault in U.K.

LONDON - A British man who threw a shaving-cream pie at media tycoon Rupert Murdoch was convicted Friday of assault and causing harassment.

Jonathan May-Bowles hurled a paper plate with a pile of shaving cream at Murdoch on July 19 as he was giving evidence to a Parliament committee in London over the tabloid phone-hacking scandal.

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The 26-year-old protester admitted the crime when he appeared at Westminster Magistrates' Court Friday.

The attack was captured by cameras as audiences from America to Murdoch's native Australia watched the baron endure a three-hour grilling by lawmakers probing allegations that the News of the World hacked into cell phones and bribed police to get information on celebrities, politicians and crime victims.

(At left, watch Jonathan May-Bowles being hauled away by British police after throwing a foam pie at Rupert Murdoch)

Friday's hearing was adjourned and May-Bowles was ordered to return to court on Aug. 2 for sentencing.

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