Disgraced former newspaper tycoon Conrad Black has found a novel way to promote his new book.
The convicted fraudster, who was released from a US jail in May, clashed with two British TV hosts, calling one a "jackass" and telling the BBC's Jeremy Paxman he was proud of getting through the interview "without getting up and smashing your face in".
Canadian-born Black, who is a member of the House of Lords, criticised Sky's Adam Boulton for his "predictable questions" and accused the political editor of not knowing "what he was talking about".
When asked where he would live now, after he had been "kicked out" of the United States, Black said: "Stop being a jackass. You are just being abrasive. No, you don't know what you are talking about."
Once the third-largest publisher in the world, Black was imprisoned for three years for defrauding investors in 2009, but the former media mogul insisted that he had been unfairly targeted by the US justice system.
Newsnight host Paxman, one of Britain's best-known television journalists, kept pressing the point that Black was a convicted criminal in his show on Tuesday night. At this point, Black lost his cool and attacked the interviewer.
"Let me tell you something, I am proud of having gone through the terribly difficult process of being falsely charged, falsely convicted and ultimately almost completely vindicated without losing my mind, becoming irrational, ceasing to be a penitent and reasonable person and actually being able to endure a discussion like this without getting up and smashing your face in, which is what most people would do if they had been through what I had been," he said.
He then went on to call Paxman a "priggish, gullible, British fool" for taking seriously the "ghastly" American justice system.
Asked if he expected to retain his seat in the House of Lords, he said: "Well, why not? First of all there is not a prohibition on a convicted criminal sitting in that House."
His TV attacks come days after he labelled Rupert Murdoch a "psychopath" and compared the News Corp boss to Joseph Stalin.
Black described Murdoch as an "astonishingly cold man" in a withering attack.
"He's a psychopath ... like Stalin, except that he doesn't kill people," Black was quoted in The Independent newspaper.
"I'm not suggesting he's a homicidal psychopath - he just severs people out of his life like that.
"I have great admiration for what he's achieved but he's a terrible man."
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