Actor Antony Starr has been handed a 12-month suspended prison sentence after admitting a drunken assault on a chef called Bathuel Araujo, 21, in a Costa Blanca pub.
Starr, who plays evil superhero Homelander on Amazon show The Boys and is currently filming a new Guy Ritchie Movie in Spain, was also ordered to pay more than £4,000 in compensation.
The 46-year-old was told after a speedy trial at a court in Alicante that he would only escape having to serve time as long as he paid his victim the money in the next 72 hours.
Starr, who covered his face by wearing a hoodie and using a face mask even though face coverings no longer have to be worn outdoors in Spain, left court without saying anything before being driven away in a taxi.
In custody: Actor Antony Starr has been handed a 12-month suspended prison sentence after admitting a drunken assault on a chef in a Costa Blanca pub
PIctured: Chef Bathuel Araujo, 21, told officers he had been punched twice before having a glass smashed in his face. He was taken to hospital and had to have four stitches to a wound above his eye
The New Zealand-born actor was convicted of a crime of wounding after being hauled to court on Thursday following two nights in police custody.
He was arrested in the early hours of Wednesday morning after police were called to the scene of a disturbance outside a pub in Alicante.
21-year-old chef told officers he had been punched twice before having a glass smashed in his face. He was taken to hospital and had to have four stitches to a wound above his eye.
Popular: The actor plays evil superhero Homelander on Amazon Prime’s The Boys
A court official, confirming Thursday’s decision, said: ‘A speedy trial ended up taking place and Alicante Court of Investigation Number Nine, acting as a duty court, sentenced the arrested man to 12 months in prison and the payment of a fine of £4,141 for a crime of wounding.
‘The detainee’s state of drunkenness was taken into account as an extenuating factor. The sentence was the result of an agreement between the state prosecution service and the man who was subsequently convicted.
‘His prison sentence is being suspended on the condition that he doesn’t commit another crime in two years and pays the compensation in the next 72 hours.’
Starr is understood to be in Spain shooting for British film director Guy Ritchie’s latest movie, an action-thriller starring Oscar nominee Jake Gyllenhaal as a sergeant on his last tour of duty in Afghanistan.
The pub in Alicante where the incident occurred has not yet been named.
Bathuel Araujo, the injured man, told local press on Thursday his alleged aggressor was “very drunk” at the time and said he lashed out after a friend he was with asked a pal of the actor’s to calm him down because he was being a nuisance.
The Venezuelan-born chef claimed he responded by telling him to ‘F**k off’ and trying to push him out of the pub before punching him in the jaw and near his eye when he eventually responded by pushing him back.
On location: Starr is understood to be in Spain shooting for British film director Guy Ritchie’s latest movie
He told respected local Informacion: ‘After he punched me I was dizzy and that’s when he hit me with the glass by his left eyebrow.’
Admitting to a second fracas in the street after the actor was allegedly kicked out off the pub by doormen and he had cleaned himself up in the toilets, Bathuel claimed Starr had gone on to threaten him in English, telling him: ‘You don’t know who you’ve messed with, you don’t know who I am and what you’ve done.
‘You’ve committed the mistake of your life and I’m going to look for you. I want to kill you.’
Officers from Spain’s National Police are understood to have arrested the actor at the scene and taken him to a nearby police station where he spent the rest of the night.
A spokesman for Spain’s National Police in Alicante confirmed ahead of the court hearing: ‘I can confirm a 46-year-old man was arrested following an incident at a pub in Alicante around 2.30am on March 2.
‘He was held on suspicion of wounding. He has spent two nights in police cells and is due to appear in court later today.
‘Another man suffered a cut near his left eyebrow which required four stitches. Only the one arrest was made.’
Success: Starr built up a worldwide following with his superhero role on Amazon Prime’s original series The Boys, which is based on the comic book series of the same name
Starr posted photos of him enjoying the sunshine earlier this week after flying to the Costa Blanca.
He posted a selfie photo in sunglasses by a marina which he captioned ‘Boats.’
The Auckland-born actor also uploaded a snap from the same site showing the tapas he was eating, with a caption which said: “Here’s some food. That I did not eat. As opposed to food that I did eat. Exciting stuff we do on here.”
Starr built up a worldwide following with his superhero role on Amazon Prime’s original series The Boys, which is based on the comic book series of the same name.
He started his acting career early in the 1990s.
From 2013 to 2016 he starred in the television series Banshee which was his first role on US television, playing the part of an ex-convict who after 15 years in prison assumes the identity of Lucas Hood and becomes the new Sheriff of Banshee.
The new Guy Ritchie film he is starring in is as yet untitled. The cast includes Danish actor Dar Salim who played Qotho in Game of Thrones.
Jail sentences of two years or less for first-time offenders in Spain are normally suspended.
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