Two men accused of attacking Game Of Thrones actor Clive Mantle during a fight at a hotel in Newcastle, England last year (13) have been cleared of all charges. Philip McGilvray, 33, and Alan French, 32, were charged with causing grievous bodily harm with intent following the incident last March (13), during which the TV star had part of his ear bitten off.
During the court proceedings, Mantle recalled his encounter with the defendants, claiming he came out of his hotel suite to ask the pair to keep the noise down, but was suddenly attacked. He was also forced to show the jury his disfigured ear.
McGilvray admitted they had been drinking earlier in the day and confessed to biting off part of Mantle's ear, but insisted he was acting in self defence after the actor allegedly knocked him to the ground with a heavy blow.
The case was handed over to the jury on Tuesday morning (25Feb14) and the two defendants, both from Hamilton in Scotland, were vindicated after five hours of deliberation.
Mantle was not present in court to hear the verdict.
Game Of Thrones actor Clive Mantle showed the jury his disfigured ear while testifying at the trial of two men accused of attacking him at a hotel in Newcastle, England last year (13). Philip McGilvray, 33, and Alan French, 32, deny a charge of causing grievous bodily harm with intent stemming from the alleged incident last March (13).
Mantle took the stand at Newcastle Crown Court on Tuesday (18Feb14) and recalled his encounter with the defendants, alleging he came out of his hotel room to ask them to keep the noise down when they attacked him and bit off his ear.
The actor fought back tears as he told the court, "I think in total there were about 15 blows, of which only four hurt... The next thing I was aware of was a pain in my left ear which triggered a massive response within me. The adrenaline it gave me enabled me to rip my right hand away. The only thing I could do is put my thumb in his eye socket to make him release... I looked down and there was my ear lying on the carpet."
Surgeons were unable to re-attach the piece of ear, and the prosecution also asked the star to show the court his disfigurement.
Mantle also described how a nurse, who was staying in the same hotel, came to his rescue when she heard the noise from the scuffle, and helped him by pulling the two men away from him. The actor called her his "guardian angel" adding, "She saved me from a lot further damage."
McGilvray and French, both from Hamilton in Scotland, claim they were acting in self-defence.
The trial continues.