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Spider-Man’s Rhys Ifans Won’t Be Charged In Comic-Con Incident

The Amazing Spider-Man star Rhys Ifans won’t be charged in a confrontation with security last month at Comic-Con International, TheWrap reports.

The actor, who plays Dr. Curt Connors in Sony’s upcoming franchise reboot, was cited and released July 22 on suspicion of misdemeanor battery after he allegedly shoved a guard before the movie’s panel. Conflicting reports at the time stated that Ifans, whom police said smelled of alcohol, became irate either because a member of his entourage wasn’t permitted into Hall H or because the actor wanted to smoke backstage.

A spokeswoman for the San Diego Office of the City Attorney told TheWrap that Ifans won’t be charged because, “After reviewing differing witness accounts, our prosecutors concluded there was not sufficient evidence to prove the case beyond a reasonable doubt.”

Sony at the time downplayed the “minor” confrontation, but said that Ifans “deeply regrets this incident.”

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.


  • Savonti

    I don’t necessarily mean to put down this particular site, but I have to wonder why this is considered news.
     What I’m getting from this is a security guard decided to “get strong,” isn’t the first time.
    If this was about someone being let back stage, or about an actor smoking, it doesn’t matter. The guard’s job is to keep the “talent” safe. Maybe we, along with the guard in question shouldn’t entertain the notion that he (the guard) has any sort of authority.

    That aside, why is it that we live in a world that a little shove is anything that could even be considered a noteworthy affair? To “deeply regret this incident” is entirely too kind, really who is this sissy who is making such a big deal out of a little shove? I’m sure we could poll countless grade school children who wouldn’t see a shove as the end of the world.

  • stealthwise

    Glad to hear that you were there and that you witnessed what happened and exactly how it went down.  It’s not as though you want the movie to succeed and/or are a fan of Mr. Ifans and want to downplay an incident you know nothing about, right?

  • Savonti

    Are you serious? 
    All reports I’ve seen call this a shoving match, not some  drunk driving charge or racially motivated breakdown. That type of things happens every day in schools all over the planet and nobody is pressing charges or even bringing it up again, this guy being “famous” doesn’t make this a bigger deal than it is.

    Sure I want the movie to succeed, I’m sure we all do. That said the success or failure of this movie isn’t going to rest on the outcome of an altercation between a security guard and some actor I don’t think anyone has even heard of.

    I’m sorry you seem to have a problem with my opinion. Perhaps your time would be better spent offering one of your own as opposed to just acting like a twerp.
    At any rate, have a good day.

  • Daniel Wheeler

    Does anyone think there might have been some pressure to let this one drop?

  • Daniel Wheeler

    the difference is this was a security guard you can’t just go around shoving them and think it’s completely harmless