Woody Harrelson punched man ‘in self-defense’ at Washington DC’s Watergate Hotel
Woody Harrelson punched a persistent fan during an incident at the infamous Watergate Hotel in Washington, D.C., Wednesday, when the man took unsolicited photos of the Cheers star and refused to delete them, a D.C. police spokesman says.
The actor allegedly struck the man while out to dinner with his daughter at the hotel’s rooftop bar, Top of the Gate, who then fled the scene to his hotel room.
Police say charges are pending for the man, who was questioned in his hotel after fleeing the scene of the altercation, and arrested.
However, Harrelson was not charged in the incident, as investigators say he acted ‘in self-defense.’
Actor Woody Harrelson punched a persistent fan who allegedly lunged at him while out to dinner at a bar at the Watergate Hotel Wednesday night
Harrelson was not charged in the incident, as investigators say the star was acting in ‘self defense’
According to police, the man – who police say had been drinking – lunged at Harrelson after the actor approached him and asked him to delete a slew of photographs he had taken of him and his daughter.
Harrelson ‘approached the man and requested him to delete the photos,’ Dustin Sternbeck, director of communications at the Metropolitan Police Department of the District of Columbia, said in a statement after the incident, which occurred minutes after 11 pm Wednesday night.
The man then lunged Harrelson, who responded by perceptively punching the man before he could land a blow.
According to the police, Harrelson said that the man tried to grab his neck.
A host of other patrons at the sophisticated rooftop lounge also saw the attack, investigators add.
The actor, 60, announced in 2017 that he had given up marijuana after decades of ‘partying too hard,’ and says he only drinks in moderation
The man then fled from the star to his hotel room.
Police say charges are pending for the man, who was questioned in his hotel room after the altercation – but, according to Sternbeck, investigators believe Harrelson acted ‘in self-defense.’
Harrelson, 60, was not charged in the incident – which occurred around 11 pm.
It was not immediately clear who called police after the altercation – but the Metropolitan Police Department say that an investigation is ongoing.
Harrelson announced in 2017 that he had given up smoking marijuana after decades of what he called ‘partying too hard,’ but admitted that he still drinks occasionally, ‘in moderation.’
In 2008, TMZ photographer Josh Levine filed a lawsuit against Harrelson for an alleged attack outside a Hollywood nightclub in 2006, where a video of the incident appeared to show Harrelson grabbing Levine’s camera and subsequently scuffling with the photographer.
Los Angeles prosecutors declined to press charges against the actor, and the case was dismissed two years later.
In 2002, the star was arrested in London for allegedly causing ‘criminal damage to a black taxi in the Waterloo Place area and then fleeing the vehicle,’ a Scotland Yard spokesman said.
He was then tracked down by police and arrested, before being bailed out that day.
In 1982, Harrelson was arrested for disorderly conduct and resisting arrest in Columbus, Ohio, after being picked up by police for dancing in traffic, and escaping a police van.
He then got into a physical altercation with the officer who chased him down.
Harrelson paid a $390 fine in regards to the incident – and did no jail time.
The actor has been in Washington shooting an HBO series on the Nixon administration’s notorious Watergate scandal, and the break-in at the Democratic National Committee headquarters at the famed hotel.