Sam Worthington claims 'I'm a DEA Agent!'
Actor Sam Worthington was arrested in Atlanta, Georgia after an altercation at a restaurant where he allegedly claimed he was a DEA agent.PT0M40S http://www.canberratimes.com.au/action/externalEmbeddedPlayer?id=d-28v5q 620 349 November 6, 2012
Australian actor Sam Worthington was handcuffed and left sitting on the footpath for more than 30 minutes following a drunken scuffle with a security guard who had refused him entry to a bar in the US, according to witnesses.
The 36-year-old was ‘‘handcuffed aggressively’’ and was clearly in pain after he was pepper sprayed in the face outside the Vortex bar and grill in Midtown Atlanta on Saturday night, said a Melbourne man who was having dinner at the bar on the night.
Everyone thought he was a homeless person.
But despite pleading with security guards - politely - to wipe his eyes, Worthington’s request was denied, and when a friend arrived a short time later the Avatar star yelled: ‘‘Call everyone!’’
Strife ... Australian actor Sam Worthington in a police mugshot following his arrest, right. Photo: City of Atlanta Department of Corrections/ Getty
The security guard who handcuffed him, Jerry Links, says that Worthington claimed he was a Drug Enforcement Administration officer at the time.
"I’m a DEA agent! You f**ked up now!" Worthington allegedly yelled, Mr Links told celebrity website TMZ.
Worthington is in Atlanta filming the action thriller Ten, alongside co-star Arnold Schwarzenegger. They play DEA agents who are being hunted after they rob a drug cartel safe-house.
'Drunk' ... Sam Worthington. Photo: Getty
Mr Links said he denied a scruffily dressed Worthington entry to the bar because he was too drunk. At the time Worthington was wearing a hoodie and was carrying some clothes, and ‘‘everyone thought he was a homeless person,’’ Links told TMZ.
Worthington became annoyed and allegedly pushed the security guard twice, before the security guard handcuffed and pepper sprayed him.
Police arrived and arrested and charged Worthington with disorderly conduct for fighting. However the charges against Worthington were withdrawn on Monday when the complaining witness failed to appear in court.
A Melbourne man who is in Atlanta for a two-week work trip, and who asked not to be named, said at first he did not recognise Worthington.
The witness said he was sitting outside the bar with three friends from Melbourne having dinner about 9.30pm on Saturday when they heard yelling.
‘‘To be honest, we didn’t recognise him [Worthington] initially, just that while he was on the pavement he was shouting for someone to rub his eyes and we all thought ’He’s got an Aussie accent’. There are not many Australians here in Atlanta. Our waiter let us know that it was ‘the guy from Avatar’,’’ the witness told Fairfax Media.
The witness said he saw Worthington get pepper sprayed, and was handcuffed ‘‘pretty aggressively’’.
‘‘For a while he was alone and was really uncomfortable, pretty messy, with spit hanging from his face, beard,’’ he said.
‘‘But after about 15 minutes a friend of his turned up and Sam was shouting ’Call everyone’.
‘‘During the time he was on the pavement he was politely asking for the security officer to rub his eyes, but getting nothing.’’
"We heard him yell 'DEA' over and over,’’ the Melbourne man said, but added he had not heard Worthington refer to himself as an agent
‘‘To be fair, he was very polite to security, and actually was addressing the bouncer as 'Sir', which shows he's been in town for a while. Atlanta is a VERY polite city."
Paramedics arrived to treat Worthington, before police took him away about 45 minutes after the initial confrontation, he said.
‘‘We spoke to the bouncer involved who told us that ’he put his hands on me’,’’ the witness said.
The Vortex bar has been contacted for comment.