Vinnie Jones arrested after getting wild in the West

Of all the glasses in all the bars, the hard man actor had to walk into this one. Now he's on bail in Sioux Falls and nursing his wounds

From grabbing Gazza's private parts on the football field, to facing down smart-alecky members of the Oxford Union, former hod-carrier Vinnie Jones has made a good living from playing the role of tough guy.

But the one-time member of Wimbledon FC's Crazy Gang – as his unskilled but robust teammates styled themselves in their 1980s heyday – found that his image counts for little in the American Midwest.

Jones reportedly needed hospital treatment after coming second best in a bar brawl which, according to the Argus Leader paper in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, began over a game of pool and a reference to Jones's film roles.

Jones, who also played for Leeds United, has carved out a mildly successful career in Hollywood, appearing in Guy Ritchie's gangster caper Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels as well as Bacardi TV adverts.

He took offence in Wiley's Tavern on Thursday, however, when he was asked if he'd appeared in the movie X-Men. Jones, the Argus Leader reports, had approached a group of men playing pool and asked if he could have a game. Told he'd have to wait, he was then asked by Jesse Bickett, 24, if he was "that guy from X-Men", a question which upset the 43-year-old actor, according to witness Juan Barrera.

"He got offended by that, and he started pushing my other friends around," Mr Barrera said. "He said he's been in so many other movies or whatever."

Mr Barrera then went to the men's lavatory. In the meantime, according to police sergeant Tim Hagen, a small melee broke out and Jones charged Mr Bickett, who responded by hitting the actor in the face with his beer glass.

"He got the worst of that deal," Mr Hagen said. Mr Bickett was arrested and charged with aggravated assault.

When Mr Barrera came out of the lavatory he found Jones was coming towards him covered in blood, and punched him. Mr Barrera countered with two punches of his own, which knocked Jones to the floor.

"His whole face was covered in blood," Mr Barrera said. "I just walked out the restroom, didn't say a word to him... and he struck me in the mouth."

Jones was treated at Sanford Medical Center for cuts to his face, and arrested and charged with assault before being released on bail.

A spokeswoman for Sanford USD Medical Center said: "He was brought in for observation. He had a laceration of the head and a nasal injury. He has since been discharged."

Jones's manager, Alex Cole, told the Argus Leader that the actor was on holiday and had possibly gone to Sioux Falls to hunt. Mr Bickett's mother warned Jones that he "doesn't want to run into me". She said her son had "major hospital bills over his head. He told me it was self-defence".

The incident is not the first time Jones has found himself in trouble. In 1995 he bit the nose of a reporter after a football riot. Three years later he was convicted of kicking and stamping on a neighbour during a late-night attack. And in 2003 Jones was convicted of air rage offences committed on a flight the previous year.

News
John Travolta is a qualified airline captain and employed the pilot with his company, Alto
people'That was the lowest I’d ever felt'
Life and Style
healthIt isn’t greasy. It doesn’t smell. And moreover, it costs nothing
News
i100

Other places that have held independence referendums
Arts and Entertainment
Jack Huston is the new Ben-Hur
film

It scooped up an unprecedented 11 Academy Awards when it was first remade in 1959

PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
News
ebooksAn unforgettable anthology of contemporary reportage
Life and Style
fashion

Olympic diver has made his modelling debut for Adidas

Arts and Entertainment
Blossoming love: Colin Firth as Stanley and Emma Stone as Sophie, in 'Magic in the Moonlight'
film

Actors star in Woody Allen's 'Magic in the Moonlight'

News
news

News
peopleThe Times of India said actress should treat it as a 'compliment'
Arts and Entertainment
Maxine Peake plays Hamlet at Manchester's Royal Exchange
theatreReview: Maxine Peake brings emotional ferocity to Shakespeare's starring part
News
London's New Year's Eve fireworks event is going to be ticketed this year for the first time at £10 a head
news

Revellers will have to pay to see New Year's Eve fireworks in London

News
news

Watch this commuter wage a one-man war against the Circle Line
Property
Home body: Badger stays safe indoors
lifeShould we feel guilty about keeping cats inside?
Travel
travel

...and the perfect time to visit them

Sport
Jonas Gutierrez (r) competes with Yaya Toure (l)
football

Newcastle winger reveals he has testicular cancer - and is losing his trademark long hair as a result

News
A male driver reverses his Vauxhall Astra from a tow truck
news

Man's attempt to avoid being impounded heavily criticised

Life and Style
tech

Try putting that one on your Christmas list
Arts and Entertainment
While many films were released, few managed to match the success of James Bond blockbuster 'Skyfall'
filmsDaniel Craig believed to be donning skis as 007 for first time
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

iJobs Job Widget
iJobs General

Primary Teacher EYFS, KS1 and KS2

£85 - £130 per day: Randstad Education Preston: Randstad Education are urgentl...

Teacher

£85 - £140 per day: Randstad Education Preston: Rapidly developing and growing...

KS2 Teacher

£105 - £120 per day + Expenses: Randstad Education Maidstone: Randstad Educat...

German & French Teacher

£120 - £130 per day: Randstad Education Preston: Randstad Education are curren...

Day In a Page

Mystery of the Ground Zero wedding photo

A shot in the dark

Mystery of the wedding photo from Ground Zero
His life, the universe and everything

His life, the universe and everything

New biography sheds light on comic genius of Douglas Adams
Save us from small screen superheroes

Save us from small screen superheroes

Shows like Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D are little more than marketing tools
Reach for the skies

Reach for the skies

From pools to football pitches, rooftop living is looking up
These are the 12 best hotel spas in the UK

12 best hotel spas in the UK

Some hotels go all out on facilities; others stand out for the sheer quality of treatments
These Iranian-controlled Shia militias used to specialise in killing American soldiers. Now they are fighting Isis, backed up by US airstrikes

Widespread fear of Isis is producing strange bedfellows

Iranian-controlled Shia militias that used to kill American soldiers are now fighting Isis, helped by US airstrikes
Topshop goes part Athena poster, part last spring Prada

Topshop goes part Athena poster, part last spring Prada

Shoppers don't come to Topshop for the unique
How to make a Lego masterpiece

How to make a Lego masterpiece

Toy breaks out of the nursery and heads for the gallery
Meet the ‘Endies’ – city dwellers who are too poor to have fun

Meet the ‘Endies’ – city dwellers who are too poor to have fun

Urbanites are cursed with an acronym pointing to Employed but No Disposable Income or Savings
Paisley’s decision to make peace with IRA enemies might remind the Arabs of Sadat

Ian Paisley’s decision to make peace with his IRA enemies

His Save Ulster from Sodomy campaign would surely have been supported by many a Sunni imam
'She was a singer, a superstar, an addict, but to me, her mother, she is simply Amy'

'She was a singer, a superstar, an addict, but to me, her mother, she is simply Amy'

Exclusive extract from Janis Winehouse's poignant new memoir
Is this the role to win Cumberbatch an Oscar?

Is this the role to win Cumberbatch an Oscar?

The Imitation Game, film review
England and Roy Hodgson take a joint step towards redemption in Basel

England and Hodgson take a joint step towards redemption

Welbeck double puts England on the road to Euro 2016
Relatives fight over Vivian Maier’s rare photos

Relatives fight over Vivian Maier’s rare photos

Pictures removed from public view as courts decide ownership
‘Fashion has to be fun. It’s a big business, not a cure for cancer’

‘Fashion has to be fun. It’s a big business, not a cure for cancer’

Donatella Versace at New York Fashion Week