Woody Harrelson got into a heated argument with a man at a Washington hotel Wednesday night. Bystanders pulled the two apart after the former Cheers actor punched him in the neck in self-defense, witnesses told police.
The incident happened on the rooftop of the Watergate Hotel in Washington, D.C. Harrelson was with one of his daughters, and a man there would not stop taking pictures of them, police said. The actor walked over to the man, who the police did not name, and asked him to stop taking photos. He also asked him to delete the photos.
The man lunged at Harrelson and tried to grab his neck. The man appeared drunk, they said. Harrelson punched the man in the neck in self-defense, a police report said.
Police showed up and questioned the man who was staying at the infamous D.C. hotel. Police have not filed charges as of yet, reports said.
Woody Harrelson is in D.C. filming an HBO miniseries about the Watergate scandal. The series called The White House Plumbers follows E. Howard Hunt and G. Gordon Liddy. The men were the masterminds behind the Watergate break-in, which led to the resignation of President Richard Nixon.
Justin Theroux plays Hunt and Harrelson stars as Liddy in the miniseries.
Harrelson has three daughters, but it is unclear which one was with him on Wednesday night.
Woody Harrelson Talks About the Perils of Fame
Woody Harrelson is one of the most successful actors of his generation, but he admits that he struggled with fame early in his career. Soon after he landed on Cheers, which was wildly popular, Harrelson said he became unhappy and wary of strangers, he told The Guardian in 2018.
“Before, I’d been gregarious – someone who enjoyed the company of others,” Harrelson said. “But during Cheers, the pressure of people that I didn’t know constantly wanting to talk to me made me recoil and become less outgoing.
“It had quite a negative impact,” he said about fame. “I went through a period of arrogance and having my head up my a**. But, luckily, this life and my family – my wife (Laura Louie) and my daughters (Deni, 24, Zoe, 21, and Makani, 11) they kind of loved me into a better human being.”
Though, he admits that he thought his career was over when Cheers ended.
“I was on Cheers for eight years, and I couldn’t get another job,” he told Interview magazine. “And I thought, I’m going to be Woody Boyd forever. Which is not bad, but I really thought I was capable of more.”
He said he lucked out to win the role in White Men Can’t Jump when producers passed over Keanu Reeves for the role and took a chance on him.