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Russell Crowe 'Signs Deal' to Avoid Jail

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Nov 18, 2005 | 5:58am EST

Russell Crowe has reportedly sealed a deal with New York's District Attorney's office so he will avoid jail for his assault on a hotel worker.

Crowe was charged with second-degree assault in June after throwing a telephone at Nestor Estrada, an employee at Manhattan's Mercer Hotel, when he failed to get a phone connection to wife Danielle in Australia.

As a felony, the charge could have jeopardized the Hollywood star's visa status in the U.S. and led to a sentence of up to seven years in prison.

But the 41-year-old will plead guilty to third-degree misdemeanor assault in court today and be released, with no worse sentence than probation, according to the New York Post.

However, the conviction could still jeopardize New Zealand-born Crowe's status in America. Government immigration spokesman Marc Raimondi tells the newspaper, "Convictions involving moral turpitude can result in a review of immigration status.

"When that's said and done (the conviction) we'll review it. We'll deal with it appropriately. I don't think we're going to be waiting for him outside the courthouse."

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