Tosser Cripples Dwarf
British man left disabled by random attacker
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Jan 13, 2012 1:00 AM CST
"Every time I stand up I don’t know if I’m going to fall over. I will have to use a wheelchair and I won’t get any acting jobs," Henderson says.    (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – A British man has been left disabled by a stranger who decided he wanted to try his hand at dwarf tossing. Martin Henderson was celebrating his 37th birthday in a pub when he stepped outside for a cigarette and was seized by a man who picked him up and dropped him on the ground. The 4-foot-2 actor suffered tissue damage to his back and now needs a Zimmer frame to get around and a wheelchair for longer journeys, the Telegraph reports.

Henderson, who appeared in two Harry Potter movies, says he believes his attacker was inspired by the antics of the England rugby team, who had been in the news weeks earlier for attending an event called the "Mad Midget Weekender" at a bar in New Zealand. "I guess I was an easy target," he says. "People's attitudes to me when I go out can be pretty cruel. Most are OK but you get the odd idiot who will make fun and start laughing at me. You just have to ignore it but this is the first time I have been picked up and thrown about." Police are trying to track down his attacker.

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trailmix
Jan 13, 2012 9:57 PM CST
Well if they catch him, how about they get a couple of big rugby dudes and send that asshole airborne.
Cat-Lover
Jan 13, 2012 3:32 PM CST
More proof, being different doesn't get better.
fractal
Jan 13, 2012 3:25 PM CST
Being short may be one of the last ways a person can be discriminated against willfully, without people giving a damn. If you are short, statistically speaking, you will have a lower salary, less promotions, and less job offers. Lots of people will not consider you for a mate, because they want tall children. More importantly, short people are patronized, and thought of as "cute", a designation that should be reserved for baby animals and small kids. Stature is equated with maturity and intelligence, and the short are dismissed as unimportant flies to be swatted. I was once in a hospital staff meeting with my boyfriend who was 15 inches taller than me. When I made a point, everyone ignored me. Five minutes later, he made the same point, and everyone discussed it for several minutes. When I asked him why this happened, he just laughed and said: Don't you know? Its because you're SHORT!"