Kiwi Hobbit Star Arrested For Reportedly Punching Man In Face

Publish Date
Tuesday, 15 September 2015, 7:49AM
Azog the Defiler was the main villain in The Hobbit. Bennett played him via motion capture. Photo- Warner Bros

Azog the Defiler was the main villain in The Hobbit. Bennett played him via motion capture. Photo- Warner Bros

Kiwi actor Manu Bennett, who played Azog in the Hobbit trilogy, allegedly punched man in the face while in Texas to attend a Comic Con.

The 45-year-old star was held on a misdemeanour assault charge after punching a 29-year-old man in the face at a hotel party, police claim.

He was appearing at the Alamo City convention, which is popular with fantasy and comic book fans, as a celebrity guest known for his work in the Peter Jackson films.

Court records show that he was arrested at 6am on Sunday morning following an altercation.

 

Peter Jackson and Manu Bennett at the premiere of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. Photo- Getty Images

Few details are available, but arrest records filed in the Bexar County Magistrate's Office stated Bennett was charged with assault causing bodily injury and was being held on a US$1600 bond.

MySanAntonio reported that it is believed the alleged assault occurred at the Grand Hyatt hotel in San Antonio. A SAPD spokesman confirmed they had been called to an "assault in progress" at the hotel.

Bennett's arrest photo. Photo- Bexar County Sheriff's Office

Source- NZ Herald