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 Post subject: Tom Cruise drops complaints against pranksters
PostPosted: Thu Jun 23, 2005 7:21 pm 
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Hollywood star Tom Cruise has decided to drop his complaints against four pranksters who squirted him with water at Sunday's British premiere of War of The Worlds.

But Scotland Yard said Cruise's decision not to pursue the matter against the men who were filming a comedy sketch, did not necessarily mean they would not face assault charges.

"We will take into account the victim's views, but as of today the four men are still on police bail and are due to report back to police on July 4," a police spokesman said.

Cruise, 42, was on a red-carpet walkabout prior to the screening of the latest adaptation of the HG Wells classic in London's Leicester Square on Sunday when a bogus journalist stuck a joke microphone in front of him.

As Cruise started to talk, he was squirted with water from the microphone prompting the star to lose his cool.

"I'm here giving you an interview, answering your questions and you do something really nasty ... you're a jerk ... jerk ... you're a jerk," the actor told the prankster.

Cruise said it was "disgusting" that someone should act in such a way.

"I really work hard to make people feel good," he said as he towelled himself dry.

The joker and his three-man camera crew were filming a sketch for a new entertainment show for UK broadcaster Channel 4.

When the same stunt was played on Sharon Osbourne last month there was a very different outcome.

The wife of veteran rocker Ozzy Osbourne turned the tables on the prankster when she hurled a bucket of water over him, the Daily Mirror newspaper reported.

Channel 4 was forced to apologise to Cruise for Sunday's incident.

"The stunt was intended to be light-hearted rather than malicious and we would apologise to Mr Cruise for any offence caused," a spokesman said.


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