Word on the street – or at least in the New York Daily News
– is that Russell Crowe is about to get hit with a massive lawsuit
after he hurled a telephone at Mercer Hotel clerk Nestor (Josh) Estrada
earlier this month.

And according to The New York Post, Crowe
didn’t stop at the phone – it’s alleged that the “irascible Australian”
also threw a ceramic vase which shattered just near Estrada’s head.
Even stranger, Crowe then bowed like he’d “just completed a performance
on stage” and adopted a karate stance, says a Post source who’s seen the entire episode on videotape.

source also describes how the incident began: “Crowe says: ‘What’s your
name?’ He says: ‘Josh.’ Crowe says: ‘Well, Josh, I’m coming down right
now to kick your ass.’ When he got to the lobby, he said: ‘Are you
Josh?’ He wanted to make sure he was assaulting the right person. Then
he threw the phone.”

Crowe faces up to seven years in jail on
charges of assault and weapons possession, not to mention a hefty
settlement to appease Estrada. But he’s “done everything he can to make
amends,” Crowe’s lawyer, Gerald Lefcourt tells the Post. “He went on national television three times to say he was sorry.”

And it seems that Crowe’s lawyer is not the only person still punching for Rusty. With his boxing flick Cinderella Man underperforming at the box office, some American cinemas are so convinced of the movie’s worth that they’re offering a money-back guarantee to viewers who don’t like it.

Peter Fray

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