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

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'Spider-Man' Villain Rhys Ifans Arrested for Battery at Comic-Con, Police Say - Yahoo! Movies

"The Amazing Spider-Man" villain Rhys Ifans was arrested and cited for misdemeanor battery for shoving a female security guard before Friday night's Comic-Con panel for the film, police tell TheWrap. Ifans, who smelled of alcohol, became irate when a member of his entourage was unable to enter the hall for lack of proper credentialing, police said. They said he shoved the guard in order to pass through, and was allowed to participate in the panel, but the guard subsequently made a citizen's arrest.

A spokesman for Sony said that Ifans "deeply regrets the incident."
"He was aggressive and belligerent," Lt. Andra Brown said of the Welsh actor. "He was... berating everyone from the security staff to the United States of America."

"He was cited and released, which is a non-custodial misdemeanor arrest," added Brown, who said that the San Diego City Attorney will now determine whether to pursue charges. Ifans could be required to pay a fine, or could contest the case before a judge.
"But, according to him, the U.S. sucks and he doesn't want to come back," Brown said.

An individual with knowledge of the incident said security was very "tight and aggressive backstage." The person said Ifans stepped outside to smoke a cigarette, and when he tried to get back in security tried to stop him and his entourage, which escalated into an argument.

Ifans also marked his 44th birthday Friday, according to the birthdate on his passport provided by police.

Sony's "Spider-Man" reboot, due next summer, Ifans plays the villainous Lizard, a scientist who takes on reptilian features after looking for a way to grow back his missing arm.

"Rhys Ifans was detained by Comic-Con security after a brief incident backstage prior to and immediately following the 'Amazing Spider-Man' panel,'" a spokesman for Sony said in a statement. "Police were notified and a citation was issued to Mr. Ifans, who deeply regrets this incident."

Ifans' agent did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Ifans joined the "Spider-Man" panel late, after a sneak preview introducing his character. He spoke little, and co-stars Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone and director Marc Webb fielded most of the questions.

Here is a statement to TheWrap from Lt. Brown:
"Rhys Ifans (the Lizard in the new "Spider-Man" movie) was placed under citizen's arrest for battery on a security guard. A member of his entourage did not have proper credentials for the entrance he was at. He was abusive, belligerent, and aggressive, and shoved a female security guard aside to shove his way through. After the panel, he was cited and released. He was verbally abusive to all around...security, the PD and the USA. After receiving his citation he left the venue."
 
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[UPDATE] Report: Spider-Man Star Arrested at Comic-Con | Movieline

Sony reps sent the following clarification describing the incident as not resulting in an arrest but a “citation”:

“Rhys Ifans was detained by Comic-Con security after a brief incident backstage prior to and immediately following the Amazing Spider-Man panel. Police were notified and a citation was issued to Mr. Ifans, who deeply regrets this incident.”

Comic-Con/Controversy: 'Amazing Spider-Man Star Rhys Ifans Arrested After Panel | Movie News | Movies.com
 
I hope the door hits him on the backside on the way out of the country. Hopefully comic-con puts him on a banned list. Insulting the US can't help things either for his career in hollywood or with viewers. And he has room to talk as Wales isn't exactly a hub of excitement, just ask my family as they left it lol.
 
See the dumb move he made was getting physical. He could have held back and had that lady's head on a pike.

"Well my dear, it sure is a shame you are going to have to explain to thousands of fans and people who run the con that you refused to let me in for the panel of the major motion picture I'm in because you are a 'rules is rules' ***** refusing to use a little personal judgement. I hope you got plenty of cash working here this year, because I guarantee you won't be back. Now I'll need your name and registration to report you to the proper authorities."

Then grin and go smoke another cigarette.:cool
 
Battery? For a shove?!? No question he was in the wrong, just, isn't there a more appropriate charge? Doesn't using it this way devalue it a bit?
 
See the dumb move he made was getting physical. He could have held back and had that lady's head on a pike.

"Well my dear, it sure is a shame you are going to have to explain to thousands of fans and people who run the con that you refused to let me in for the panel of the major motion picture I'm in because you are a 'rules is rules' ***** refusing to use a little personal judgement. I hope you got plenty of cash working here this year, because I guarantee you won't be back. Now I'll need your name and registration to report you to the proper authorities."

Then grin and go smoke another cigarette.:cool


She was doing her job, and he was being an a-hole. You're on HIS side about this. He said the US sucks. Screw that ass clown.
Mike
 
I wish someone was there in a Captain America suit and did this to that ass clown...
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Ignoring the "if you don't like it, go to Russia" type comments, I've got to agree that it's a pretty embarrassing thing to do. You'd think he'd be clever enough to realise that if you're not famous enough to be recognised, then you're not famous enough to act like a child and try and pull your weight. He could have turned it into a funny story, told it to the convention crowd who would have eaten it up, and left a hero. Instead, the guy's now famous for shoving a female security guard.
 
Okay, well, firstly, it was part of his entourage that she was stopping, not him. I know for a fact from having worked cons that if you're part of someone's group, you've got a badge. It's YOUR fault if you don't have it displayed.

Secondly, the guard was doing her job. What if the person that didn't have a badge WASN'T welcome by this ****** and she'd let him in? She would've gotten into hot water with the convention runners because it creates a liability issue for them.

Thirdly, it shows the caliber of person that this guy is by the fact that he went out to be in the panel and sulked, from the sounds of it.

As far as I'm concerned, he can go back where he came from and STAY there.
 
Screw the *******. And stay out of the U.S.

And what an ugly S.O.B. on top of it. :eek
 
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im in the uk and i dont like the guy - up his back side, another guy that has let fame get to his head as he branches out of the uk film industry and thinks he can do anything he wants - all he had to do was be nice, be patient, be polite and come across as a nice guy - and not have a dont you know who i am attitude and made himself to be edgible for a pratt of the year award.................after all he isnt that big a star in the usa imo to be widely recognised by everyone

imo he wont really be sorry, only the money men at the film company will emphasise his sorryness....... if he was he would have done the manly thing and publically made an apology very quickley and accepted he was at fault.....man up!!!!!!

im sure everyone remembers christian bale looking a tool on the set of terminator - oh another plucky brit gone ott
 
I hope the door hits him on the backside on the way out of the country. Hopefully comic-con puts him on a banned list. Insulting the US can't help things either for his career in hollywood or with viewers. And he has room to talk as Wales isn't exactly a hub of excitement, just ask my family as they left it lol.

Hey, I'm welsh, born and bred :lol.

Even though we're both from Wales, I've got to say that I really hate this tool, never seen what the hype is about him and probably never will. Hopefully the US stop him next time he tries to get into the country and he can go back to being over hyped in british films.
 
Hey, I'm welsh, born and bred :lol.

Even though we're both from Wales, I've got to say that I really hate this tool, never seen what the hype is about him and probably never will. Hopefully the US stop him next time he tries to get into the country and he can go back to being over hyped in british films.

lol. No offense meant, actually the funny part was my family left there to get away from coal mining and guess what they ended up doing here :lol Yeah this guy really seems to have a chip on his shoulder, I actually never even heard of him before. He and Sienna Miller should both be banned from the country for being like this.
 
She was doing her job, and he was being an a-hole. You're on HIS side about this. He said the US sucks. Screw that ass clown.
Mike


No, just pointing out there there's the Lex Luthor way of being an ****** and the faceless thug way.

If they're going to be an ass, at least be the kind that we love to hate rather than a forgettable piece of trash.

Sounds like he chose option C...the Mel Gibson way.:lol
 
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