Woody Harrelson bikes around Washington, D.C. after reportedly “punching a guy in self-defense”
Woody Harrelson looked calm and collected as he saw it for the first time since he was reported to have punched a passionate self-defense fan on Wednesday.
The Emmy-winning actor, 60, cuts a casual character during a bike ride around Washington, D.C., where he’s currently filming The White House Plumbers around the Watergate scandal.
Woody allegedly got into a fight with the injured man – who has not yet been identified – while out to dinner with his daughter at the Watergate’s rooftop bar, Top of the Gate, on Wednesday night.
Out: Woody Harrelson enjoyed a bike ride around Washington, D.C. Friday, his first sighting since hitting a man on the roof of the Watergate Hotel.
Riding his bike, Harrelson wore short blue shorts, a white T-shirt and flip-flops with sunglasses and a trucker hat.
He was joined by a friend with disheveled blonde hair who spoke to him during the outing.
The real detective star seemed to be having a good day after a physical altercation with a fan on Wednesday.
Harrelson reportedly beat up the persistent fan after the man took unwanted photos of the Cheers star and refused to delete them, eyewitnesses say.
In Town: The Emmy-winning actor, 60, is currently filming The White House Plumbers about the Watergate scandal.
Casual: While riding his bike, Harrelson wore short blue shorts, a white T-shirt and flip-flops with sunglasses and a trucker hat
The actor hit the man – who has not yet been identified – while out with his daughter at the hotel’s luxury bar, Top of the Gate, around 11 p.m.
Police say charges are pending against the man, after investigators questioned him in his hotel room that night after fleeing the scene of the altercation – and he will face charges.
However, Harrelson has not been charged in the incident – investigators say he acted “in self-defence”.
According to police, the man – who police say was drinking and has yet to be identified – rushed into Harrelson after the actor approached him and asked him to delete a slew of photos he had taken of him and his daughter.
Harrelson, pictured here filming outside Watergate earlier this week, punched the man after he lunged toward the star while out with one of his daughters on Wednesday night
Dustin Sternbeck, director of communications for the District of Columbia Metropolitan Police Department, said in a statement after the incident, which occurred minutes after 11 p.m. Wednesday, that Harrelson approached the man and asked him to delete the photos.
Harrelson then got into a verbal feud with the man, who allegedly lunged at the actor to try and grab his neck, a public incident report filed after reading the late-night altercation.
Harrelson then preemptively hit the man before he could deliver a blow of his own, according to eyewitness accounts and a police report.
Then the man from the star fled to his hotel room.
However, Harrelson has not been charged in the incident, with investigators saying the star was acting in ‘self-defense’.
When police arrived at the scene shortly thereafter, Harrelson told them he had punched the man in self-defense – several witnesses are said to have confirmed the star’s story, The report reveals.
Harrelson was questioned by the police, but was not charged with any crime.
According to the accident report, the officers determined that the actor was indeed engaged in “self-defense.”
The actor was in Washington filming the HBO series about the infamous Nixon administration’s Watergate scandal, and the storming of the Democratic National Committee headquarters at the famous hotel.
Harrelson and his wife of 13 years, Laura Lowe, were spotted just hours before the accident, just over a mile from the scene of the altercation, as the pair headed to the National Museum of African American History and Culture during a layoff. .
Harrelson, 60, announced in 2017 that he’s given up marijuana after decades of ‘too hard partying’, and says he only drinks in moderation.
Harrelson, 60, is the father of three daughters, ages 28, 25 and 15.
It was not immediately clear which of Harrelson’s daughter was having dinner with her at the time of the altercation in question.
Police say charges are pending for the man, who was questioned in his hotel room after the altercation – but, according to the report, investigators believe Harrelson acted “in self-defence”.
Harrelson, 60, has not been charged in the incident — which occurred around 11 p.m.
The Metropolitan Police said the name of the other man involved in the altercation will be released once he is charged.
However, Harrelson boasts a somewhat checkered history when it comes to conflict with the law.
The incident took place between Harrelson and the unknown man at the top of a bar above the gate at the famous Watergate Hotel
In 2017, he admitted he had given up smoking marijuana after decades of what he called “heavy partying,” but said he still drinks occasionally, “in moderation.”
In 2008, TMZ photographer Josh Levine sued the actor for an alleged attack outside a Hollywood nightclub in 2006, in which video of the incident showed Harrelson holding Levine’s camera and then arguing with the photographer.
Los Angeles prosecutors declined to file charges against the star, and the case was dismissed two years later.
In 2002, the star was arrested in London for allegedly causing “criminal damage to a black cab in the Waterloo Place area and then fleeing the vehicle,” a Scotland Yard spokesperson said.
He was then tracked down by the police and arrested, before being rescued that day.
In 1982, Harrelson was arrested for disorderly conduct and resisting arrest in Columbus, Ohio, after he was arrested by police for dancing in traffic, and escaping from a police car.
Then he got into a physical altercation with the officer who chased after him.
Harrelson paid a $390 fine in connection with the incident – and was not jailed.
However, Harrelson’s father, Charles Harrelson, had a more violent streak – he was a professional criminal and contract killer who had been convicted of first-degree murder not once, but twice, in a pair of full-blown murders committed in a span of just over ten years. – He was charged and acquitted of another murder during that time as well.
He died in 2007 at the age of 69, and served two consecutive sentences in a maximum security federal prison in Colorado.
Regarding Wednesday’s altercation with Woody, it was not immediately clear who called the police to the scene – and the Metropolitan Police Department says an investigation is still ongoing.