Woody Harrelson looked calm and composed when he was first seen since allegedly punching an over-enthusiastic fan in self-defense on Wednesday.
The 60-year-old Emmy-winning actor cut a casual figure on a bike ride through Washington DC, where he is currently filming The White House Plumbers about the Watergate scandal.
Woody allegedly got into a scuffle on Wednesday night with a punch to the man – who has yet to be identified – while dining out with his daughter at the Watergate hotel’s rooftop bar, Top of the Gate.
From: Woody Harrelson enjoyed a bike ride through Washington DC on Friday, his first sighting since he allegedly punched a man in the rooftop bar of the Watergate hotel
During his bike ride, Harrelson wore blue shorts, a white T-shirt and flip flops with sunglasses and a trucker cap.
He was accompanied by a friend with shaggy blond hair whom he chatted with during the outing.
The True Detective star looked like he was having a good day after a reported physical altercation with a fan on Wednesday.
According to eyewitnesses, Harrelson allegedly punched the persistent fan after the man took unsolicited photos of the Cheers star and refused to remove them.
In town: 60-year-old Emmy-winning actor is currently filming The White House Plumbers about the Watergate scandal
Casual: During his bike ride, Harrelson wore blue shorts, a white T-shirt and flip flops with sunglasses and a trucker cap
The actor hit the man – who has yet to be identified – with his daughter at the hotel’s swanky rooftop bar, Top of the Gate, around 11pm.
Police say charges are pending for the man after he was questioned in his hotel room that night by investigators after fleeing the scene of the altercation – and will face charges.
Harrelson was not charged for the incident, however – as investigators say he acted “in self-defense”.
According to police, the man – who police say had been drinking and has yet to be identified – poured out to Harrelson after the actor approached him and asked him to delete a slew of photos he had taken of him and his daughter.
Harrelson, pictured here while filming outside the Watergate earlier this week, punched the man after he lunged at the star Wednesday night while away with one of his daughters.
Harrelson “approached the man and requested that the photos be removed,” Dustin Sternbeck, director of communications for the District of Columbia’s Metropolitan Police Department, said in a statement following the incident, which occurred minutes after 11 p.m. Wednesday night.
Harrelson then got “a verbal dispute with” the man, who reportedly “lunged at the actor” to try to grab his neck, according to a public incident report filed after the overnight altercation.
Harrelson then preemptively punched the man before he could deliver his own blow, according to eyewitness accounts and the police report.
The man then fled the star to his hotel room.
Harrelson was not charged in the incident, however, as investigators say the star acted in ‘self-defense’
When police arrived on the scene shortly after, Harrelson told them he had beaten the man in self-defense – and several witnesses reportedly confirmed the star’s story. appears from the report.
Harrelson was questioned by police but was not charged with any crime.
According to the incident report, the officers determined that the actor was indeed engaged in “self-defense”.
The actor has filmed an HBO series in Washington about the infamous Watergate scandal of the Nixon administration and the break-in at the Democratic National Committee headquarters at the famous hotel.
Harrelson and his wife of 13, Laura Louie, had been spotted just hours before the incident, just over a mile from where the altercation took place, as the couple went to the National Museum of African American History and Culture during downtime from filming. . .
Harrelson, 60, announced in 2017 that he had given up marijuana after decades of ‘partying too hard’ and says he only drinks in moderation
Harrelson, 60, is the father of three daughters, ages 28, 25 and 15.
It’s not immediately clear which daughter Harrelson was dining with when the altercation in question took place.
Police say charges are pending for the man, who was questioned in his hotel room after the altercation, but according to the report, investigators believe Harrelson acted “in self-defense.”
Harrelson, 60, was not charged in the incident – which happened around 11 p.m.
The name of the other man involved in the altercation will be released once charged, DC police say.
However, Harrelson has a somewhat checkered history when it comes to clashes with the law.
The incident between Harrelson and the unknown man took place at the Top of the Gate rooftop bar of the famous Watergate Hotel
In 2017, he admitted to giving up smoking marijuana after decades of what he called “partying too hard” but said he still drinks occasionally, “in moderation.”
In 2008, TMZ photographer Josh Levine filed suit against the actor for an alleged assault outside a Hollywood nightclub in 2006, where a video of the incident appeared to show Harrelson grabbing Levine’s camera and then arguing with the photographer.
Los Angeles prosecutors declined to press charges against the star and the case was dropped two years later.
In 2002, the star was arrested in London for allegedly causing “criminal damage to a black cab in the Waterloo Place area and then fleeing the vehicle,” a Scotland Yard spokesperson said.
He was then tracked down by the police and arrested, before being rescued that day.
In 1982, Harrelson was arrested for disorderly conduct and resisting arrest in Columbus, Ohio, after being arrested by police for dancing in traffic and escaping from a police van.
He then got into a physical altercation with the cop who was chasing him.
Harrelson paid a $390 fine related to the incident – and was not in jail.
Harrelson’s father, Charles Harrelson, however, had a much more violent nature – he was a career criminal and hitman who was convicted not once, but twice for first degree murder, for a couple of full-blown murders committed in just over a decade – and was also accused and acquitted of another murder during that period.
He died in 2007 at the age of 69 and was serving two consecutive sentences in a maximum security federal prison in Colorado.
As for Wednesday’s altercation with Woody, however, it was not immediately clear who had called the police at the scene – and the Metropolitan Police Department says an investigation is still ongoing.