UK: Rupert Murdoch attacker charges, released on bail

July 20th, 2011 - 4:02 pm ICT by BNO News  

LONDON (BNO NEWS) — A protester who attempted to throw a paper plate of shaving foam into the face of News Corporation CEO Rupert Murdoch has been released on bail, Scotland Yard said on Wednesday morning.

The incident happened on Tuesday afternoon as Murdoch testified to the Culture Select Committee at the Palace of Westminster in London over hacking allegations against the now-defunct News of the World.

Jonathan May-Bowles, 26, was among a small group of people who were allowed to view the hearing in person when he suddenly approached Murdoch and attempted to throw shaving foam in his face. Murdoch, who got some foam on his clothing, was not injured.

A Scotland Yard spokesperson said on Wednesday that Bowles has been charged with an offense under Section 5 of the Public Order Act for behavior causing harassment, alarm or distress in a public place. “He has been bailed to appear at City of Westminster Magistrates’ Court on Friday 29 July,” the spokesperson said.

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