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IPad-Wielding News Corp. Lawyer Got to Pie Thrower First

Posted Jul 21, 2011 11:11 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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Wendi Deng Murdoch is getting all the publicity for coming to her husband’s aid when a protester tried to assault her husband, Rupert Murdoch, with a shaving cream pie on Tuesday.

But there’s an unknown hero in the pie fracas—News Corp.’s interim group general counsel Janet Nova. According to the New York Times, Nova was the first to react when the pie-pitching man approached. “She leapt to her feet and, clutching her iPad, tried to block the man’s reach toward her boss,” the Times reports. “Mrs. Murdoch followed right behind her, and she appeared to reach over Ms. Nova as she swung her arm in a great arc to deliver a sharp punch.”

Nova, 46, is a Columbia law grad based in New York, the story says. She was promoted into her present position on June 20 and had helped prepare Murdoch for his questioning on the phone hacking scandal. The Times headline calls her an "unsung woman in gray" and has a picture documenting her role.

Hat tip to Pat’s Papers.

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