Manu Bennett, famous for playing gladiator Crixus in Spartacus and Deathstroke on Arrow, was arrested for assault in San Antonio, Texas earlier this month. The incident happened early Sunday morning at a party held at the Grand Hyatt hotel in downtown San Antonio. Reports indicate that he was arrested and booked shortly thereafter. Bennet was in town for the Alamo City Comic Con, where he was a celebrity guest.
The 45-year-old actor was intoxicated at the time of the incident, and punched a 29-year-old man in the face while leaving the hotel. Reports indicate that Bennett was involved in a confrontation with the partygoer, and punched the man while on his way out. Upon being arrested, Bennett allegedly claimed to have forgotten the incident occurred while also stating that he was defending himself. Bennett was released from custody at around 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, after posting $1,600 bail.
San Antonio police are now facing criticism for not obtaining accurate witness statements at the time the incident was reported. Initially, it was reported that Bennett was asked to leave the party due to intoxication and that the assault was seemingly unprovoked. Eyewitness accounts indicate that the incident happened after the victim made derogatory comments about the mother of Bennett's children, and her battle with cancer. Eyewitnesses also say that the victim was also heavily intoxicated, and was not invited to the Grand Hyatt that evening. Fellow Arrow star Matt Nable (Ra's al Ghul) said that Bennett "was very, very offended" by what the man had said and that "when Manu told him he would be telling the organiser" the victim continued to egg him on. Another witness, Autumn Harris, corroborated Nable's account. She said that the incident seemed more like "Manu defending himself" to her, and that "the guy wasn't backing down...and was making it worse".
Bennett spoke out about the incident while on a panel at Rose City Comic Con this past weekend. He had remained silent about the incident throughout the week, and had not been asked about it by any fans. Instead, the actor broached the topic when asked how he copes with career failures. Bennet responded to the question by saying:
I'm not going to hide about something that happened last week in Texas. I'm a human being. I was out at night, drunk...As somebody who is very much in the public eye, I'm humiliated for myself, for my family, and as a representative of Maori culture.
Watch Bennett's comments regarding the incident below.
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