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Crowe settles over 'phone rage'
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Crowe was arrested following the incident in June
Russell Crowe has reached a settlement with a hotel worker who sued him after allegedly being hit with a telephone.

Few details about the deal, which ends the civil legal action, were released. But the star's publicist said "both sides expressed satisfaction".

In June, Mr Crowe, 41, allegedly struck New York concierge Nestor Estrada with a phone when it did not work.

The Oscar-winner still faces a criminal charge of second degree assault and is due back in court on 14 September.

He has also been charged with fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon - the telephone.

'Shameful' situation

The actor has publicly apologised, telling the Late Show with David Letterman it was one of the "most shameful" situations of his life.

The incident happened in June when Mr Crowe was staying at the Mercer Hotel, having just flown from the UK where he was promoting his boxing movie Cinderella Man.

He said he became frustrated when he could not get through to his wife, Danielle Spencer, at their home in Australia.

He is alleged to have ripped the phone from the wall, taken it down to the lobby area and thrown it in the direction of Mr Estrada.

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