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Vinnie Jones in bar brawl arrest

Vinnie Jones
Vinnie Jones has appeared in films including Snatch and X-Men

Actor Vinnie Jones has been arrested and charged after a bar fight in the US town of Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

Jones was charged with simple assault and released on bail on Friday, police told the Associated Press news agency.

Former football star Jones, 43, was earlier treated in hospital for cuts to his face from a beer glass.

Jesse Bickett, of Montrose, South Dakota, was arrested on charges of aggravated assault for allegedly hitting Jones with a glass.

A police sergeant said Jones allegedly charged at Mr Bickett, who hit him with the glass.

The Sioux Falls Argus Leader carried pictures of Jones in the city's Wiley's Tavern, reportedly taken shortly before the incident on Thursday night.

A spokeswoman for Sanford USD Medical Centre said of the star: "He was brought in for observation. He had a laceration of the head and a nasal injury. He has since been discharged."

Jones has starred in Snatch, Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, Gone in Sixty Seconds and X-Men: The Last Stand.

A friend of Mr Bickett said they were playing pool when Jones asked to play, and then seemed to take offence when someone asked if he was "that guy from X-Men".

Jones earned a reputation when a professional footballer for being one of the British game's hardest men.

He captained the Welsh football team and also played for Wimbledon, Chelsea and Leeds and was player-coach at Queens Park Rangers before turning to acting.



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