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Conflicting reports by TheWrap and Deadline contend that Ifans either became irate because a member of his entourage wasn’t permitted into Hall H or because the Welsh actor wanted to smoke backstage. The Wrap contends he “smelled of alcohol” and became irate, shoving a security guard. He was permitted to participate in the panel, but the guard reportedly made a citizen’s arrest immediately afterward.
In a statement to Deadline, Sony Pictures downplayed the “minor incident,” denying the suggestion that Ifans, who plays Dr. Curt Connors in the franchise reboot, was handcuffed or arrested: “Rhys Ifans was detained by Comic-Con security after a brief incident backstage prior to and immediately following The Amazing Spider-Man panel. Police were notified and a citation was issued to Mr. Ifans who deeply regrets this incident.”
A police officer tells TheWrap it was “a non-custodial misdemeanor arrest.” The San Diego city attorney will decide whether to pursue charges.
Directed by Marc Webb, The Amazing Spider-Man also stars Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Martin Sheen, Sally Field, Irrfan Khan, Denis Leary, Chris Zylka, Campbell Scott, C. Thomas Howell, Julianne Nicholson and Annie Parisse. It opens July 3, 2012.