A crestfallen James Murdoch asked the select committee for media and culture to be temporarily excused after events in his underpants appeared to undermine his evidence.
"As soon as I started explaining that I knew nothing about phone hacking, I felt an extraordinary heat coming from inside my trousers, and I realised to my horror my underpants were smouldering, endangering the whole proceedings," he told reporters. "I had to think on my feet, and realised that the quickest way of making the whole region safe was to answer a call of nature in an unorthodox way. I had no choice. Fear was not involved."
Murdoch said that the threatened boxer-conflagration was not due to untruths on his part, and indicated that his underclothing security may have been breached by an illicit incendiary device, placed there by those seeking to incriminate him. "To put it bluntly, this is an example of pants-hacking by those who want to weaken the impact of my evidence by suggesting I am a liar. I dealt with the blaze quickly and effectively, and I repudiate claims that what happened in my trousers was a result of either fear or deception. It is extraordinary that my enemies should invade my privacy and seek to humiliate me publicly in this way, and I apologise to the committee for any inconvenience caused."
Fire crews arrived at the scene and took away evidence for forensic examination in sealed containers, but a spokesman for the fire service said because of the damage, it was unlikely that any prosecution would follow. Louise Mensch was unharmed.
James Murdoch "had to piss pants to put fire out" committee hears
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