LONDON, Aug. 2 (UPI) — A comedian was ordered Tuesday to spend at least three weeks in jail for throwing a shaving cream pie at Rupert Murdoch in the British House of Commons.
A judge in the City of Westminster Magistrates’ Court imposed a six-week sentence on Jonathan May-Bowles, who uses the name Jonnie Marbles, and said he must spend at least half of it behind bars, the BBC reported. The attack occurred July 20 when Murdoch came to Parliament to testify before a committee about the phone-hacking scandal involving his media empire.
“This is a parliamentary process, which — as you know — conducts itself with dignity and in a civilized fashion,” Judge Daphne Wickham said. “Everybody else in the room expected that, with one exception — you. You attended those proceedings with only one intention, to disrupt them.”
Murdoch, 80, was not injured, although shaving foam got on his jacket. His wife, Wendi Deng, became an international sensation when she rushed May-Bowles and apparently clouted him.
When he pleaded guilty last week, May-Bowles called it “the most humble day of my life,” quoting Murdoch.
May-Bowles, 26, a Windsor resident, does stand-up comedy part-time.