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Russell Crowe gets into another brawl, in a London eatery. The hot-tempered Oscar winner fights another New Zealander in a fashionable London restaurant, police say, but no charges are filed

Russell Crowe | LONDON BRAWL Crowe engaged in fisticuffs over dinner
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LONDON BRAWL Crowe engaged in fisticuffs over dinner

Maybe Russell Crowe should stay out of England, since it seems that every time he visits, he gets into a fight. In March, he notoriously attacked a TV producer in London after his ''Beautiful Mind'' acceptance speech at an awards show was edited, adding to the negative publicity that may have helped him lose the Oscar race to Denzel Washington. On Wednesday, the New Zealand-born actor was back in London, where British daily The Sun said he got into a brawl with a fellow Kiwi, Eric Watson, owner of the New Zealand Warriors rugby team. Police told Reuters that there were no arrests and no charges filed.

The fight occurred at the Zuma eatery, in London's posh Knightsbridge neighborhood, starting in the bathroom and spilling out into the bar area, the Sun reported. One onlooker told the Sun that Crowe ''was out of control. To begin with it was funny. He was throwing plates and it was like something out of the movie 'My Big Fat Greek Wedding.''' Eventually, however, Watson apparently gained the upper hand. ''One of Crowe's minders rushed in after hearing shouting and found Crowe lying on the ground with the other guy on top of him,'' a witness told the Sun.

A Scotland Yard spokesman told Reuters police were called to the restaurant in response to ''reports of an altercation between two men believed to be in their thirties.'' By the time officers arrived, ''the situation was under control. No allegations of a crime were received; there were no arrests, and there will be no further police action.''

Crowe is attached to star in ''Cinderella Man'' some time next year, a project that would reunite him with ''Mind'' director Ron Howard and screenwriter Akiva Goldsman. In that film, he'll play real-life boxer Jim Braddock. So maybe he was just rehearsing.

Originally posted Nov 14, 2002
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