Woody Harrelson punches drunk man for taking pics of him and his daughter at DC hotel
Woody Harrelson was reportedly involved in a violent altercation with a man at the Watergate Hotel in Washington, DC, after he allegedly took multiple pictures of the actor and his daughter. The Metropolitan Police Department said that the 60-year-old ‘Zombieland’ star punched the man, whose name has not been revealed yet, for not complying with his request to delete the photos.
Police arrived at the scene at around 11 pm on Wednesday, October 5, after Harrelson called them. The altercation happened after the man in an apparently drunken state started taking photos of the actor and his daughter. However, when Harrelson confronted him and asked him to stop and delete those images, the man allegedly lunged at him “in an attempt to grab his neck,” the incident report noted.
In order to protect himself, the ‘Now You See Me’ actor punched the man in the neck, the incident report added. Reports said that the police interviewed the alleged aggressor in his hotel room after responding to the scene. However, he has not been charged yet as a probe in the matter is still on.
Harrelson shares three daughters — Makani, 15, Zoe, 25, and Deni, 28 — with wife Laura Louie. But it’s not clear which daughter was with him during the Wednesday incident. The winner of a Primetime Emmy Award is currently shooting for HBO’s, ‘The White House Plumbers,’ which is a “five-part series that tells the true story of how Nixon's own political saboteurs and Watergate masterminds, E Howard Hunt and G Gordon Liddy, accidentally toppled the presidency they were trying to protect,” as stated by IMDb.
The work on the miniseries has started recently after it was stopped for some time because of an on-set incident involving series director/executive producer David Mandel and a member of the prop department that led to an investigation. At the time, HBO released a statement to Deadline. It read, “HBO has received reports of alleged unprofessional behavior on the set of 'White House Plumbers'. We take very seriously our responsibility to ensure a respectful work environment on all our productions, and we are investigating the matter fully.”
Harrelson is also a part of the upcoming film ‘Venom: Let There Be Carnage’ in which he shared the screen with actor Tom Hardy. Hardy has called his co-star “one of the coolest people I have ever met,” before adding: “As a human being and as an actor he is just formidable and 100 per trustworthy to deliver.”
Meanwhile, it was not the first time Harrelson was involved in a scuffle. Earlier also, he has been accused of attacking photographers. One such incident took place in 1995 when ‘The Hunger Games’ star pounced on two photographers as he claimed they were stalking his family during a visit to Martha's Vineyard.
He also managed to grab one of the photographers’ film before running after the other one. He had said, “I couldn't be much happier. I felt from the beginning it was a matter of principle. In my mind, they're no different from the French paparazzi in the case of Princess Di.” But eventually, Harrelson was ordered by a federal jury to pay around $5,000 to the photographers — Star magazine’s Steven Connolly and Paul Adao, a freelancer.