Woody Harrelson found himself in an altercation at the Watergate Hotel on Wednesday, clashing with a fan who would not stop photographing him and his daughter.
According to police reports, Woody Harrelson punched the man, who appeared to be intoxicated, after the stranger lunged at him. The unidentified man now faces charges, NBC News reported, as the police claim that Woody, 60, hit him in an act of self-defense.
Police were called to the Washington D.C. hotel, well known for scandal, at around 11 p.m. EST on Wednesday night. Woody Harrelson allegedly approached the man and asked him to delete what was photographed when the fight broke out. He was in Washington D.C. filming his latest project, The Watergate Plumbers, based off the famous Watergate scandal from the ’70s.
After a verbal argument, the drunk man lunged “in an attempt to grab his neck,” leading to the Venom: Let There Be Carnage star to strike him first, police reports detailed. An investigation is still ongoing, but the actor was not charged in the incident, which occurred on the roof.
Authorities said the man’s identity would only be released if Woody decided to press charges. The man was questioned by police in his hotel room following the incident. Both Woody and the Watergate Hotel refused to comment on reporters’ questions.
Woody Harrelson’s daughter was also at the scene, though it in unclear which of Woody’s daughters were present. He and his wife, Yoganics co-founder Laura Louie, had three daughters together: Deni, 28, Zoe, 25, and Makani, 15. The couple currently resides in Maui, Hawaii.
Throughout his career, Woody has clashed with photographers, often leading to physical altercations. In 1995, the actor was ordered to pay two tabloid photographers $5,000 in damages after he attacked them for taking pictures of his family in Martha’s Vineyard.
Woody’s claim that the pair had been stalking him on his vacation was considered, which presumably led to the small settlement fee. “I couldn’t be much happier,” Woody Harrelson said at the time. “I felt from the beginning it was a matter of principle.”
In 2006, he choked TMZ cameraman Josh Levine in Hollywood, after the photographer wouldn’t stop taking photos of him and his friends outside of a Los Angeles club.
Approaching a police car after the incident, Levine told authorities, “Hey bro, I just got assaulted by Woody Harrelson. He choked me out right now.”
The police car drove away, ignoring him. Woody Harrelson broke his camera, with Levine complaining, “All I’m doing is my job.”
“Unfortunately, this is not the first or last time the paparazzi have provoked an incident with a celebrity,” Harrelson’s publicist at the time, Ina Treciokas, told TMZ.
Three years later, the actor clashed with a man at La Guardia Airport in New York, claiming that he “quite understandably mistook [the photographer] for a zombie.”
“I wrapped a movie called ‘Zombieland,’ in which I was constantly under assault by zombies, then flew to New York, still very much in character,” Woody Harrelson said in his statement in 2009. He was with one his daughters at the airport and was “startled by a paparazzo.”
Speaking about his latest film, the sequel to 2018’s Venom, Woody Harrelson said that he spent a lot of time on his character’s voice, as it was the first time he was playing an iconic Marvel character like Carnage.
“It took a while to find the voice that worked best,” he said. “I watched it for the first time last night with my daughter, who loves this universe and she said, ‘I can’t wait to hear the voice, the voice of Carnage’, and she really liked it when it came up.”
Venom: Let There Be Carnage premiered just this past weekend, on Oct. 1, co-starring Tom Hardy and directed by Andy Serkis.