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Four Men Arrested for Squirting Tom Cruise

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Jun 20, 2005 | 6:21am EDT

Four people have been arrested after Tom Cruise was squirted with water from a bogus microphone at the London premiere of War of the Worlds June 19.

Cruise attended the red carpet screening with fiancee Katie Holmes, and spent time speaking to fans outside Leicester Square's Odeon cinema before giving interviews to attending journalists.

But he was left drenched by the unexpected attack planned by the film crew shooting footage for an upcoming British comedy show featuring practical jokes played on celebrities.

The visibly shocked movie star struggled to keep his cool as he stood with his face, hair and jacket soaked with water--and he could not refrain from repeatedly referring to the microphone-wielding interviewer as a "jerk".

Before the man was led away by cinema security staff, a shocked Cruise said to him, said, "Why would you do that? Why would you do that? Why would you do that? What's so funny about that? That's incredibly rude. I'm here giving you an interview and you do something really nasty. It's incredibly rude."

A police spokesperson has confirmed four people have been arrested on suspicion of assault.

After drying himself off, a composed Cruise returned to spend a further hour mixing with his fans.

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Meanwhile, Cruise needs to "see the joke" in his movie premiere soaking, says the company responsible for the actor's squirting last night.

The interviewer and his three colleagues were arrested on suspicion of assault and later released on bail. A spokesperson for New Scotland Yard said charges had not been pressed, but they will return June 20 for police interviews.

The spokesperson says, "We will see whether to pursue the charges, see whether the victim wants to pursue it."

A spokesman for TV network Channel 4, who are behind the pranksters' actions, explains, "The incident was for a new Channel 4 entertainment show, part of which involves playing comedy pranks on celebrities and on members of the public.

"The water squirting was not intended to cause offense and was very much in a spirit of fun. We hope Tom Cruise will be able to see the joke in the spirit with which it was intended."

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