The comedian who smashed a foam “pie” into media mogul Rupert Murdoch’s face was convicted of assault and harassment on Friday.
Jonathan May-Bowles, also known as Jonnie Marbles, admitted the charges in a 15-minute hearing in London. He will be sentenced on Tuesday.
|May-Bowles after pie toss.
District judge Daphne Wickham rejected a defense request to put off that date as May-Bowles had planned to be on a family vacation. "He is on bail for a serious offence which carries a risk of imprisonment,” she said. "He should have thought about this on July 19 when he committed these offences."
May-Bowles pushed a plate of white foam into Murdoch’s face as the 80-year-old tycoon gave evidence into the phone-hacking scandal before a committee of Britain’s parliament.
Murdoch’s wife Wendi Deng swung a punch at him as she leaped to her husband’s defense. As he left court, May-Bowles borrowed a phrase that Murdoch used before the committee. "I would just like to say this has been the most humble day of my life," he said.
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