Schwarzenegger struck by flying kick at sports event

World | AGENCIES 20 May 2019

A man struck Arnold Schwarzenegger with a flying kick at a sports event in South Africa, though the actor and former California governor later reassured fans that they needn't worry about him.

Schwarzenegger, 71, was chatting with fans at an event showcasing bodybuilding and other sports, in Johannesburg when he was kicked from behind.

"There is nothing to worry about. I thought I was just jostled by the crowd, which happens a lot," the star of the Terminator films wrote on Twitter, thanking fans for their concern.

"I only realized I was kicked when I saw the video like all of you. I'm just glad the idiot didn't interrupt my Snapchat."

A video of the incident posted by Schwarzenegger showed he was not felled by the kick.

The assailant was quickly restrained by a security guard. Event organizers on Twitter blamed a "crazed fan" for the assault.

Organizer Wayne Price said the assailant was "known to the police for orchestrating similar incidents in the past" and that Schwarzenegger was "fine and still in good spirits."

The actor will not press charges.

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