‘Crazed fan’ who kicked Arnold Schwarzenegger, 71, in the back has a history of pulling disruptive stunts – but the actor refuses to press charges and give his attacker the spotlight
- Arnold Schwarzenegger, 71, says he won’t press charges against the man who kicked him in the back on Saturday in South Africa
- The ‘Terminator’ star was filming an athlete jump rope while in a gymnasium at the Arnold Sports Festival in Sandton when his assailant attacked him
- The festival called the man ‘a craved fan’ who ‘is known to the police for orchestrating similar incidents in the past’
- They believe he planned the Saturday dropkick and was handed to police
- Shocking video shows the moment the attacker appears out of nowhere, kicks the actor in the back, then is pinned to the ground and taken away
- ‘I thought I was just jostled by the crowd, which happens a lot. I only realized I was kicked when I saw the video like all of you,’ the actor said on Twitter
- A representative said police are currently processing the ‘known mischievous person’
The man who drop-kicked Arnold Schwarzenegger in the back has been described as a ‘crazed fan’ who strategically planned his attack and has a history of pulling similar disruptive stunts.
But the tough 71-year-old actor insists he’s fine following the attack and barely flinched in video footage of the shocking assault.
The Terminator star says he won’t press charges and is urging the public to not give the perpetrator the fame he craves.
The bizarre attack unfolded on Saturday as the actor was posing for selfies with at the Arnold Sports Festival at the Santon Convention Centre in Sandton, South Africa.
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The man who drop-kicked Arnold Schwarzenegger, 71, in the back on Saturday has been described as a ‘crazed fan’ who strategically planned his attack and has a history of pulling similar disruptive stunts
Despite being 71-years-old , Schwarzenegger was unfazed, writing on Twitter afterwards: ‘Thanks for your concerns, but there is nothing to worry about’
The Hollywood legend said he is fine following the attack, will not press charges, and is urging fans not to give his assailant the fame he craves
In the clip Schwarzenegger was filming an athlete jump rope when the crazed fan appears out of nowhere and drop kicks the actor in the back between his shoulder blades.
Startled Schwarzegger coolly looks behind him and his security guard is seen pinning the fan to the ground and taking him away.
As he’s being dragged away he’s heard hollering, ‘Help me! I need a Lamborghini!’ three times.
‘Thanks for your concerns, but there is nothing to worry about,’ Schwarzenegger tweeted Saturday afternoon.
‘I thought I was just jostled by the crowd, which happens a lot. I only realized I was kicked when I saw the video like all of you. I’m just glad the idiot didn’t interrupt my Snapchat,’ he added.
Arnold Sports Festival Africa tweeted a statement shortly thereafter saying the star was ‘sadly and unexpectedly attacked by a crazed fan’ while at the festival supporting athletes.
‘Sandton Convention Centre security responded swiftly by apprehending the offender and handing him over to the police,’ the statement said.
‘Wayne Price, organizer of the Arnold Classic Africa, believes this incident was carefully planned by the offender, as he is known to the police for orchestrating similar incidents in the past,’ it added.
Moments before, the attacker approaches Schwarzenegger while waving, but a member of bodybuilding legend’s security team apprehends him.
The assailant can be seen being manhandled by his security team after his brazen kick in the middle of the gymnasium on one of the world’s most famous actors
Despite the blow, Schwarzenegger says he he has no intentions of pressing chages.
‘He views this as an unfortunate incident by a mischievous fan,’ the Arnold Sports Festival Africa said in a statement.
Then the Hollywood legend took to Twitter to urge his fans to not give his assailant any fame or attention for the stunt.
‘Do me a favor: instead of sharing the video of the guy who wants to be famous, watch some of our @ArnoldSports athletes like this young hero proving that fitness is for everyone who deserve to be famous. They’re on my Snapchat,’ he wrote.
‘We have 90 sports here in South Africa at the @ArnoldSports, and 24,000 athletes of all ages and abilities inspiring all of us to get off the couch. Let’s put this spotlight on them.
‘And if you have to share the video (I get it), pick a blurry one without whatever he was yelling so he doesn’t get the spotlight. By the way… block or charge?’ he added.
Following the incident Arnie continued to greet fans before he was whisked away by his security detail.
A representative from Black Circle Communications, who released the statement, told DailyMail.com that the man was a ‘known mischievous person’ who has been handed over to the police.
‘Police are currently processing everything and we are waiting on them to get back to us but Arnold has been so generous with everything,’ spokeswoman Cassandra Gudlhuza said.
The ‘Kindergarten Cop’ star posted video on Snapchat of right before the kick. In the brief clip, Schwarzenegger has his phone on selfie mode but the assailant can be seen right over his shoulder
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