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Actor Crowe arrested in New York
Russell Crowe arrested in New York
Crowe must return to the Manhattan Criminal Court in September
Oscar-winning actor Russell Crowe has been arrested in New York for allegedly assaulting a hotel employee.

The Gladiator star, 41, is said to have struck the man in the face when he threw the telephone during a row at the Mercer Hotel, where he was staying.

Mr Crowe was released after appearing in court charged with second degree assault and possession of a weapon.

He spent the weekend in Manchester supporting Australian boxer Kostya Tszyu in his bout against Ricky Hatton.

Tszyu retired on his stool at the end of the 11th round.

Best actor

Mr Crowe then flew straight to New York to promote his latest movie, Cinderella Man, a biopic based on the life of 1920s world heavyweight boxing champion James J Braddock, which opened in cinemas last weekend.

The Ron Howard-directed film also stars Renee Zellweger.

New Zealand-born Mr Crowe won a best actor Oscar in 2001 for playing Maximus in Gladiator.
He is very, very charitable, a decent human being with an excellent background
Gerald Lefcourt
Russell Crowe's lawyer

Mr Crowe's lawyer, Gerald Lefcourt, said the actor became frustrated when he was unable to get through on the telephone, went to the lobby and ended up rowing with a porter.

Mr Lefcourt said: "He (Mr Crowe) has never been arrested in this country. He is very, very charitable, a decent human being with an excellent background."

Mr Crowe has been ordered to return to the Manhattan Criminal Court in September.

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