The actor makes a deal with a New York hotel employee he allegedly struck with a phone

By People Staff
August 26, 2005 08:25 AM

Russell Crowe reportedly has struck a deal with the hotel concierge who he allegedly assaulted with a telephone, the Associated Press reports.

Crowe reached an agreement with Nestor Estrada of the Mercer Hotel, who claims to have been on the receiving end of a malfunctioning phone that was thrown by the actor.

According to a statement released Thursday by Crowe’s publicist, “Both sides expressed satisfaction at the resolution.” Details of the settlement were not announced.

The alleged altercation took place in June while Crowe was in New York to promote the boxing movie Cinderella Man. Crowe, who is married to actress Danielle Spencer, was reportedly trying to call home to Australia when the phone wasn’t working. He got upset and threw it at Estrada. The 41-year-old actor was arrested and charged with second-degree assault.

The same week, Crowe appeared on the Late Show with David Letterman, where he admitted to having anger-management issues. He called his behavior “possibly the most shameful situation that I’ve ever gotten myself into.”

Spencer, who has a young son with Crowe, said at the time she wouldn’t make any excuses for her husband’s behavior.

This was the latest in a string of confrontations that have dogged Crowe. Last summer he got into a tussle with one of his bodyguards, and in 2002 he scuffled with some businessmen in a London restaurant.

Crowe is due back in court Sept. 14 to face the assault charge. He’s free on his own recognizance.

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