Actor Liev Schreiber got into a war of words with a photographer who accused him of assault — right after the “Ray Donovan” star appeared in court asking a judge to dismiss the charges Tuesday.
“I never touched him. I never touched his camera,” Schreiber told reporters outside the courthouse in Nyack, New York, of his June altercation with shutterbug Sherwood Martinelli.
Martinelli, who was waiting across the street with a camera, shouted back: “You did touch me!”
Schreiber ignored the cameraman and, said, “I never touched his body with my body. I was pissed, but that was it.”
The 50-year-old actor, dressed in a charcoal suit and knitted navy tie, seemed relaxed and chatted amiably with his lawyer before the hearing.
Martinelli claims the thespian hit his Canon 7D camera on June 7 when he tried to snap a photo of Schreiber standing on the street while in town to film the popular Showtime series.
“Everything that his attorney said to the news media isn’t true. It’s fake, it’s fabricated,” Martinelli told reporters after Schreiber left in a black SUV.
“The fact of the matter is he did accost me, he did attack me, he did hit my right shoulder, he did hit my left hand and camera hard enough to break my camera, so that’s fake news, when they’re putting a story out contrary to that.”
“I want him to pay for what he did to me. I want him to be held accountable in a court of law for his criminal activity,” he continued.
Asked if he was trying to squeeze money out of Schreiber, the 62-year-old replied: “No, I just don’t like bullies. And from my perspective, based on his actions, he’s a bully.”
Prosecutors have until Aug. 30 to respond to the motion to dismiss.
Nyack Village Justice Robert Knoebel waived Schreiber’s requirement to appear himself at the next court date on Sept. 20, when the judge will decide whether to dismiss the charges.
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