The Aussie actor allegedly lost his temper with an employee at the Mercer Hotel after the man failed to connect the actor's phone call to his family in Australia.
New York Police Department (NYPD) officer Michael Wysokowski says, "He was upset because he couldn't get a call out to Australia. He threw a phone at the employee hitting him in the face and causing a minor laceration."
Following his arrest, Crowe appeared at New York City's Manhattan Criminal Court after being interviewed by investigating officers, and his defense lawyer Gerald Lefcourt argued that the charges brought against his client are completely out of character.
Lefcourt said, "He (Crowe) has never been arrested in this country. He is very, very charitable, a decent human being with an excellent background."
Crowe hit the headlines twice in 2002 for his violent temper. At February's BAFTA Awards in London, he admitted to being "abusive" and "behaving unreasonably" towards the event's director Malcolm Gerrie, after he learnt Gerry had edited his best actor acceptance speech for broadcast.
The following November Crowe fought with fellow New Zealander, Eric Watson, in a London restaurant, although no police charges were filed.
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