Random Woman Punches Movie Critic at Screening

But it wasn't about anything Stephen Witty wrote
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 2, 2014 6:30 AM CDT
Random Woman Punches Movie Critic at Screening

(Newser) – A film critic got punched in the face at a press screening in New York this week, and not because he had anything bad to say about the movie. The bizarre story began when a woman sat next to Stephen Whitty, who writes for the New Jersey Star-Ledger. Whitty says she was someone's guest and was a total stranger to him, and after the movie (Are You Here, from Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner) began, she just started staring at him and wouldn't stop, Page Six reports. After a while, he says, "She said, a little angrily, something like, ‘What are you even doing here, anyway?’ and punched me in the face."

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A source who witnessed the incident adds, "This girl just started yelling and punched him." The man who was with the alleged puncher "explained" by saying, "She just woke up." Whitty left and brought in the police, and a witness says when they tried to remove her, "she just did a ‘death drop to the floor.'" Eventually she was taken outside, where she was spotted "sitting on the sidewalk between two cops, drinking water." Whitty says he's not pressing charges, and he had a sense of humor about the whole thing, tweeting: "Just had a complete stranger suddenly reach over during a screening and punch me in the face. So, filmmakers? You have been avenged." (Read more movie critic stories.)

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