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TeamCasey
06-06-2005, 11:23 AM
NEW YORK (CNN) -- Hollywood star Russell Crowe has been arrested in New York and charged with assault after allegedly throwing a telephone that struck a hotel employee in the face, according to police.

Officers said the New Zealand-born actor was expected to appear in Manhattan Criminal Court later on Monday.

"He was upset because he couldn't get a call out to Australia," said Sgt. Michael Wysokowski. "He threw a phone at the employee hitting him in the face and causing a minor laceration."

The incident took place at the Mercer Street Hotel in the SoHo district of New York City shortly after 4 a.m. on Monday.

Police said the victim was taken to St.Vincent's Hospital. Crowe was taken to a police station were he was charged with second-degree assault. If convicted he could face up to a year in prison.

Crowe was in New York promoting his latest movie, "Cinderella Man," a biopic based on the life of world heavyweight champ James J. Braddock, which opened in theaters last weekend.

According to Nielsen the movie ranked fourth place in theaters and grossed $18.6 million.

Crowe, who won an Oscar for Best Actor in 2001 for playing Maximus in "Gladiator," has often been in the news for off-stage incidents.

At the 2002 Bafta Awards in Britain, he admitted to being "abusive" and "behaving unreasonably" towards a TV producer.

And later that year he was spoken to by police after an alleged brawl with a New Zealand businessman in a London restaurant.

The 41-year-old actor married singer and actress Danielle Spencer in 2003.

Chip R
06-06-2005, 11:35 AM
"He was upset because he couldn't get a call out to Australia," said Sgt. Michael Wysokowski. "He threw a phone at the employee hitting him in the face and causing a minor laceration."And that would get a call out quicker, how?

Crowe is starting to live up to his caricature on South Park.

Blimpie
06-06-2005, 12:51 PM
NEW YORK (CNN) -- Hollywood star Russell Crowe has been arrested in New York and charged with assault after allegedly throwing a telephone that struck a hotel employee in the face, according to police..Congrats, Captain Gladiator dude:

You have now just become Naomi Campbell...

missionhockey21
06-07-2005, 04:03 AM
You could pay $10 to see Crowe's latest flick to watch him fight or you could just follow him around and watch it for free. Oh, and since Chip mentioned the South Park episode with Crowe, his theme music....

Born in New Zealand in '64,
A hot-headed actor named Russell Crowe.
He loves to act, but he loves one thing more...
FIGHTIN' AROUND THE WORLD!

He fights his directors and he fights his fans.
It's a problem no one understands.
If there's 2 things he loves, it's fighting and...
FIGHTIN' AROUND THE WORLD!

Making movies, making music and
FIGHTING AROUND THE WORLD!

cincinnati chili
06-07-2005, 07:00 AM
Was Tugger in the hotel room when the phone got chucked?

LoganBuck
06-07-2005, 07:36 AM
Tugger!!!