Crowe Eats Crow
A Hot Temper Could Mean a Cool Million
Reports of the Russell Crowe incident and the promises made on the Mercer Hotel Web site appear to be at variance.
At the Waldorf-Astoria, The Rittenhouse, The Peninsula, Raffles, Claridge's, or the George V, were a concierge to get into a physical altercation with a $3,000-a-night guest in the lobby then immediately head off to a personal injury lawyer to seek $1 million in damages?
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Indisputable is the fact that Hollywood's most riveting and volatile actor, was paying $3,000 a night at the Mercer Hotel in trendy Soho, and could not get the telephone to work at 4:30 a.m. when he tried to call home to Australia.
Frustrated, Crowe took the faulty phone down to the front desk presumably to get a replacement. Instead, Crowe's representative said that the actor saw red after the man at the front desk gave him "attitude."
Crowe hurled the telephone--either at the wall or at 28-year-old Nestor (Josh) Estrada, inflicting a small cut on the man's right cheek. Estrada was transported to St. Vincent's Hospital, where the injury was not deemed worthy of stitches, and released.
The police were called. Crowe was handcuffed and, amidst a media feeding frenzy with helicopters overhead, was carted off to a detention cell at the First Precinct station house where he spent eight hours until a noon court appearance.
The Academy Award winning actor was released on his own recognizance and ordered to return to court on September 14.
Meanwhile, later that day, reporters caught up with Estrada and his fiancée at the Empire State Building offices of personal injury attorneys Levine and Blit, where he showed off his injured right cheek.
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