Vinnie Jones charged after bar room brawl
Monday 08 December 2008
Former football player turned actor Vinnie Jones was arrested and charged with assault following a bar room brawl, it was disclosed today.
Jones was arrested last Thursday after the scuffle in Wiley's Tavern in the city of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, in the United States.
The 43-year-old former Wimbledon star, who appeared in films such as Lock, Stock And Two Smoking Barrels and Snatch, was treated in hospital for cuts to his face.
Jones, who lives in Los Angeles, was believed to be in Sioux Falls on holiday with friends.
A spokesman for Sioux Falls Police Department said Jones was charged with simple assault and that another man, Jesse Bickett, was charged with aggravated assault.
Trouble broke out in the city centre bar at about 11.30pm on Thursday evening.
A friend of Mr Bickett, Juan Barrera, said they were playing pool when Jones asked to join in.
He said the star took offence when asked if he was "that guy from X-Men".
Mr Barrera, 24, told the Sioux Falls Argus Leader: "He got offended by that and he started pushing my other friends around. He said he's been in so many films or whatever."
Jones was arrested at a nearby hospital and was later released on bail.
The former footballer's no-nonsense playing style earned him a reputation as a hardman and also caps for the Welsh national side.
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