Murdoch, 80, who was making his first appearance in front of Parliament about the recent News of the World phone-hacking scandal, seemed unfazed by the attack. His son, James Murdoch, sat up quickly in shock, while Murdoch's wife, Wendi Deng, sprang up and tried to shield her husband from the flying pastry. He was quickly cleaned off and continued his testimony.
During his several hours in front of Parliament, Murdoch testified that he did not know about the tabloid paper's illegal eavesdropping that led to worldwide scandal and the closing of the paper on Sunday. However, Murdoch apologized for the paper's actions, saying he was "completely and deeply sorry" and said that the hacking was "a matter of great regret." Murdoch called Tuesday "the most humble day of my life."
News of the World, one of several newspapers across the globe owned by Murdoch and News Corp., came under fire in recent weeks after it was revealed that the British tabloid had engaged in illegal phone-tapping of celebrities, politicians, members of the British royal family, relatives of deceased British soldiers and victims of the 7/7 London bombings.
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