Woody Harrelson is filming a new movie in Washington, and while there, he got involved in an altercation with a man taking photos of him and his daughter.
“The Hunger Games” actor Woody Harrelson punched a man in the neck after he confronted the individual for taking photos of him and his daughter at the Watergate Hotel in Washington, D.C.
According to NBC Washington, police were called to the hotel at around 11 pm on Wednesday, October 6, after a call was made about a possible assault on the establishment’s roof deck.
At the scene, police found several guests, including the actor and one of his daughters. It is unclear which of his three daughters, Deni, 28, Zoe, 25, and Makani, 15, were with him.
The outlet reported that a man who seemed intoxicated was taking photos of Harrelson and his daughter. The 60-year-old actor confronted him, asking him to stop and delete the pictures.
An altercation between the men ensued. As Harrelson told police, the man lunged at him “in an attempt to grab his neck.” Harrelson then punched him in the neck in an act of self-defense.
Police spoke to witnesses who corroborated Harrelson’s story. Based on the accounts of witnesses, police decided it was the man and not Harrelson who had been the aggressor in the situation.
This is not the first time the “Zombieland” actor… has found himself in an altercation with photographers.
The man taking the photos was taken to his hotel room for questioning. According to NBC, the investigation is still ongoing, and the aggressor’s name will be released when charges are pressed.
Harrelson’s representatives have not responded to any inquires about the incident. SImilarily, the Watergate Hotel spokesperson declined to comment on the situation.
This is not the first time the “Zombieland” actor, currently in Washington filming for his HBO series, “The White House Plumbers,” has found himself in an altercation with photographers.
Harrelson has had a few run-ins with paparazzi over the years. In 1994 he was ordered to pay a photographer almost $5000 after getting into a scuffle with two photographers.
Later in 2008 and 2009, different photographers accused Harrelson of assault and damaging their camera equipment. The first case was dismissed after Harrelson and the photographer reached a settlement.
For the 2009 incident, which took place in LaGuardia Airport in New York, no charges against Harrelson were ever filed, and no legal action occurred.