Rhys Ifans Arrested for Battery at Comic-Con
According to TheWrap.com, Rhys Ifans, the villain in "The Amazing Spider-Man" was arrested and cited for misdemeanor battery for shoving a female security guard before Friday night's Comic-Con panel. According to police, Ifans smell of alcohol and became upset when a member of his entourage was forbidden from entering the hall for lack of proper credentials. Ifans apparently shoved the guard in order to get through. Ifans was allowed to participate in the panel, but the guard afterward made a citizen's arrest.
"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.
Ifans plays the villainous Lizard, a scientist who takes on reptilian features after looking for a way to grow back his missing arm in Sony's new The Amazing Spider-Man reboot, due out next summer. It sounds to me that he was just trying to stay in his role as villain during this incident. Well-played Ifans, well-played.