The man who attacked News Corp. chairman Rupert Murdoch at a Parliamentary hearing Tuesday has been charged under the Public Order Act, which deals with public harassment, alarm and distress.
Jonathan May-Bowles, who also goes by the name Jonnie Marbles, is scheduled to appear at the City of Westminster court in London on July 29.
Metropolitan Police apprehended May-Bowles after he went after Murdoch while Murdoch was answering questions from MPs regarding the recent phone-hacking scandal that has shocked England. The man was sitting in the public gallery watching the committee meeting before he shouted greedy billionaire and attacked Murdoch with a plate of shaving cream.
Brilliantly, Murdoch's wife Wendi Deng came to her husband's rescue, standing up and blocking most of the frothy pie and then hitting May-Bowles with a series of punches. British MPs complimented Deng for her right hook.
May-Bowles, 26, who is out on bail, describes himself as an activist, comedian, father figure and all-round nonsense. He is a member of UK Uncut, a prankster activist group that has fought with Barclays, Topshop and Vodafone in the past. He has also been planning a sit-in and comedy show inside a SoHo branch of Barclays bank.
It is a far better thing that I do now than I have ever done before #splat, Marbles tweeted moments before the event.
UK Uncut immediately distanced themselves from May-Bowles, tweeting that the pie-launch was not sanctioned by their group.
One food writer for The Telegraph is lamenting Marbles' actions -- not for love of Murdoch, but for the attacker's poor choice of pie.
Shaving foam on a paper plate? Where was your finesse? Where was your style? writes Xanthe Clay.
Clay recommends using a proper custard pie.
This is what slides so satisfyingly down the face after the cream explosion. It is the adagio following the fanfare, as deliciously slow as the recognition of attack sinks in.
Video of the incident is below.