Matthew Fox
Matthew Fox at the 2008 San Diego Comic-Con. Image: ewan and donabel/Flickr/CC BY

Actor Matthew Fox today found himself on the wrong end of a lawsuit. He is accused of physically attacking a woman last month. No criminal charges were filed in that incident.

Actor was very inebriated, reports say

The lawsuit stems from an incident in Cleveland, Ohio, last month. The 45-year-old, Pennsylvania-born actor — best known for playing Jack Shephard on the hit TV series “Lost” — was in Cleveland to shoot the film “I, Alex Cross.”

Fox was allegedly very inebriated when he stepped onto a private bus and demanded the driver take him to the Ritz Carlton hotel. The driver of the bus, 29-year-old Heather Borman, according to court documents, “politely advised him he was not permitted to board” because the bus was booked for a private bachelor party.

Bus driver fought back

The actor persisted, and Borman tried to block him from entering. At that time, Fox allegedly began striking the woman with his fists, punching her in the chest, arms and groin. Borman “instinctively defended herself,” fighting back and bloodying the actor’s lip.

‘She was shocked when he popped her’

J. Norman Stark, Borman’s attorney, told E! News that his client was shocked by Fox’s behavior:

“She was shocked when he popped her. And when he kept hitting her, she turned around and slugged him and bloodied his lip. And then he still wouldn’t stop so she smacked him in the back of the head. Then his friends grabbed him and pulled him off, away from the bus, and then the police came and handcuffed him but then turned him over to friends to take him back to his hotel quietly.”

No criminal charges filed

Fox was briefly detained by police and was then released without charges being filed. However, today the bus driver filed a lawsuit asking for more than $25,000 in damages for assault, battery and intentional infliction of emotional distress.

Fox’s lawyers have declined to comment on the matter.

Sources

E! Online: http://www.eonline.com/news/matthew_fox_facing_legal_action_over/264207
MSNBC: http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/44552768/ns/today-entertainment/#.TnOsemWP-_0
Perez Hilton: http://perezhilton.com/2011-09-16-matthew-fox-lost-bus-driver-sued-lawsuit-25k-in-damages-for-punching-a-woman

 

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