Actor Woody Harrelson punched man at Watergate Hotel in self-defense, police say

WASHINGTON — Actor Woody Harrelson punched a man in self-defense during a rooftop altercation at the Watergate Hotel on Wednesday night, police confirmed.

According to the Washington D.C. Metropolitan Police Department, a man lunged toward Harrelson, attempting to grab his neck following a “verbal dispute,” USA Today reported.

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The police report, based on multiple eye-witness accounts, noted that the “Venom: Let There be Carnage” star acted in “defense of himself” after the unidentified assailant picked a fight when Harrelson asked him to delete photos he had snapped of him and his daughter, the newspaper reported.

According to NBC4, the man, whom eye-witnesses described as “intoxicated,” was questioned in his hotel room. Charges are pending but have not yet been specified, police said.

A Watergate Hotel spokesperson declined to comment to the TV station on the incident, and Harrelson’s representatives did not immediately respond to inquiries.

According to NBC4, the Emmy Award winner and Academy Award nominee has previously been accused of attacking photographers, including a 1995 incident on Martha’s Vineyard, according to the Tampa Bay Times. The “Zombieland” actor said at the time that the photographers had stalked his family, but he was still ordered to pay the shooters.

Harrelson faces no charges related to the Watergate altercation, NBC4 reported.