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Hey, Dr. Zhivago, They Don't Take Euros At McDonald's
Via LAObserved, Omar Sharif gets sentenced to anger management classes and two years probabtion after pleading no contest to socking a Beverly Hills parking valet. Peter Y. Hong writes the somewhat detail-impaired, nine-little-paragraph story for the LA Times:

Sharif, best known for his roles in the 1960s films "Dr. Zhivago" and "Lawrence of Arabia," struck valet Juan Anderson outside Mastro's Steakhouse on Cañon Drive on June 12, 2005.

Anderson said Sharif, 74, became upset when his Porsche sport utility vehicle was not waiting for him. His lawsuit alleged that Sharif struck him in the face.

Braun said Anderson became upset when Sharif offered to tip him with European currency.

Well, geez, there's a shocker.

The LA Times didn't appear to check out Wikipedia allegations from at least one other newspaper that Sharif has a history of similar incidents -- allegedly assaulting a casino employee and head-butting! a cop in the past.

There's more, here on IMDB, from WENN:

The 74-year-old was also ordered to stay 100 yards away from the victim, witnesses and the restaurant where the incident occurred. The judge set a hearing for April 18 to determine how much compensation Sharif will have to pay the victim. According to Braun, the victim is asking for $17,000 due to a broken nose.

According to the IMDB/WENN report, Sharif gets to attend those anger mangement classes "in his native Egypt."

Here's more, from the BBC (from a story "last updated Wednesday, 7 December 2005"):

Police spokesman Lt Mitch McCann said the parking attendant declined medical treatment and had no visible injuries.

Mr Anderson's lawyer, John Carpenter, said the actor's behaviour had "violated the California hate crimes statute".

Mr Sharif's lawyer Martin Singer denies the actor hit Mr Anderson and claims he is being targeted because he is famous.

Was that what happened in the casino incident and the head-butting the police officer incident, too?

For the record, I think the hate crimes statute is excessive and dumb. Aren't most violent crimes hate crimes? Is a guy who brutally mugs you, but uses no racial epithets, just showing the love?

But, back to Dr. Z, here's more, in an under-proofread October 26, 2005 story via UPI. Sharif says he "has witnesses to counter" the valet's story. But, the valet's story is also expanded:

Juan Anderson, 48, claims the star of "Doctor Zhivago" punched him and called him a "stupid Mexican" after he told him he could not retrieve his Porsche from the parking lot with euros, the New York Daily News reported Tuesday.

Anderson, a Guatemalan, said he was punched out by the actor after saying, "Good night, I'm sorry you talk too much about me."

He was then allegedly offered $50 "to pretend the attack did not happen."

Sharif's lawyer, Martin Singer, called the claim "ridiculous" and said Sharif has "several witnesses" who could back him up.

Singer noted his client "is also a minority" and said the only reason for the suit is because he is a celebrity.

"The looked into this claim and didn't want to file any charges," he added.

Wait...this happened quite some time ago, and it's kind of juicy, and that tiny, detail-challenged piece by Hong was the only story the LAT could bother to put out? Hello? You're the local newspaper. If you don't own Hollywood coverage -- even the delicious little gossipy bits -- why don't you just shut the doors?

Posted by aalkon at February 14, 2007 9:33 AM


I... just don't know what I would do if I were a younger male who was assaulted by a 74-year-old.

Posted by: Melissa G at February 14, 2007 7:18 AM

Well, at Elmore Leonard's 80th birthday party, he said "80 is the new 60." Maybe 74 is the new 55 -- at least in Sharif's case. I saw him in Monsieur Ibrahim a few years back. He didn't look too shabby. And, come to think about it, my grandpa was still mowing his lawn at not every 74-year-old is all that feeble!

Posted by: Amy Alkon at February 14, 2007 8:37 AM

Stop pestering the Times; the assholes are trying to hire you!

Posted by: Crid at February 14, 2007 10:45 AM

... For all you know.

Posted by: Crid at February 14, 2007 10:45 AM

I was wondering if you knew something I didn't!

Posted by: Amy Alkon at February 14, 2007 11:26 AM

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