Spider-Man's Rhys Ifans Arrested for Misdemeanor Battery at Comic-Con

Celebrity News Jul. 23, 2011 AT 8:32PM
Spider-Man's Rhys Ifans Arrested for Misdemeanor Battery at Comic-Con Credit: Dave Hogan/Getty Images

He plays a villain in The Amazing Spider-Man, and if his actions at Comic-Con are any indication, Rhys Ifans is a bit of a bad boy in real life, too.

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The actor, who plays Dr. Curt Connors/The Lizard in the movie, shoved a female security guard prior to Friday night's panel in San Diego, Calif. Ifans, who turned 44 the same day, became irate when a member of his team was denied access to the hall because he lacked proper credentials.

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According to The Wrap, Ifans -- who smelled of alcohol -- pushed the guard in order to pass through. He was allowed to participate in the panel with costars Emma Stone and Andrew Garfield, though he walked on stage late and said very little. The guard made a citizen's arrest once it was over. (A Sony spokesperson said that Ifans "deeply regrets the incident.")

"He was aggressive and belligerent," Lt. Andra Brown said. "He was berating everyone from the security staff to the United States of America."

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"He was cited and released, which is a non-custodial misdemeanor arrest," Brown said. The San Diego City Attorney will now determine whether to pursue charges against Ifans. He could be required to pay a fine, or he could dispute the case before a judge.

"But, according to him, the U.S. sucks and he doesn't want to come back," Brown said of the actor, who once dated Sienna Miller.

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