Clive Mantle’s attackers cleared of assault

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.