Rupert Murdoch insisted he bears no responsibility for the phone-hacking scandal which has enveloped his empire in a dramatic evidence session in Parliament, during which a member of the public attacked him.
Both Murdoch Snr and his son James, chairman and chief executive of News Corporation, Europe and Asia, were called to give evidence to the House of Commons Culture, Media and Sport Committee yesterday on the issue of phone-hacking.
Asked by Jim Sheridan MP if he felt any responsibility for the scandal, Murdoch Snr succinctly answered: "No."
He added the responsibility was of the "people I trusted and the people they trusted".
More than two hours into the session, a member of the public watching proceedings in the committee room attempted to attack Murdoch Snr with what was reported to be a plate of shaving foam.
However, he was quickly restrained and taken away by police.
In the opening minutes of the session, Murdoch Snr interrupted his son, who was answering the opening questions, to say: "This is the most humble day of my life."
Later, Murdoch Snr cited "hysteria" as one of the reasons for the withdrawal of the deal to buy out BSkyB, saying some people had an "agenda" against the his company.
Much of the questioning focused on what both Murdochs knew throughout the saga, and particularly what Murdoch Snr was ever made aware of.
At one point, when Murdoch Jnr attempted to intervene to answer directed at his father, Tom Watson MP said it was "revealing in itself" what Murdoch Snr did not know.
In another interesting exchange over the methods journalists use to get stories, Murdoch Snr brought up the issue of MPs expenses, which hit the headlines through documents leaked to the Telegraph.
He cited the situation in Singapore, which he described as the "cleanest society in the world", where every minister is paid at least $1m a year, meaning they are less likely to transgress.
Rebecca Brooks and Les Hinton have already resigned from News International and News Corporation respectively as a result of the phone-hacking scandal, while the News of the World was shut down earlier this month.
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