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Russell Crowe Escapes Jail at Assault Hearing

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Nov 20, 2005 | 3:25pm EST

Russell Crowe escaped jail at a court hearing in New York Nov. 18, after paying a $160 fine and a six-figure sum to the hotel worker he threw a telephone at.

Crowe, who attended the 20 minute hearing, received a conditional discharge after pleading guilty to third-degree assault. The 41-year-old reportedly paid $100,000 to Nestor Estrada so he would not give evidence or launch a civil action.

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

Yesterday, Judge Kathryn Freed warned the Gladiator star his discharge is on the condition he is not re-arrested in the next year.

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