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Contrite Crowe hits rock bottom over phone assault on hotel clerk


Russell Crowe: pouring his heart out to press

Russell Crowe: pouring his heart out to press

Russell Crowe: pouring his heart out to press

ACTOR Russell Crowe has apologised profusely for throwing a telephone at a New York hotel clerk, blaming his outburst on "the combination of jetlag, loneliness and adrenalin".

Moving swiftly into "damage control mode" two days after he was charged with assault over the incident, the actor poured out his deep regret to various newspapers.

In a surprise, late-night phone call to an Australian newspaper he said: "I'm at the bottom of a well. I can't communicate how dark my life is right now. I'm in a lot of trouble."

Appearing on The Late Show with David Letterman, during which the host jokingly moved his desk phone out of Crowe's reach, the actor admitted that he had problems with anger.

"This is possibly the most shameful situation I've ever gotten myself in - and I've done some pretty dumb things. So to actually make a new number one is spectacularly stupid."

Crowe insisted he would accept any punishment dished out to him for throwing the phone at clerk Nestor Estrada.

The 'Gladiator' star lost his temper with Mr Estrada at the Mercer Hotel after the clerk failed to connect Crowe's phone call to his family in Australia.

He threw the telephone against a wall and inflicted minor injuries on Mr Estrada's face in the process.

The actor said: "I know it's my fault. I'll cop whatever I cop. I wasn't aiming at him, but I've got no excuses."

He added: "I'm not trying to be pessimistic. I'm just looking at what the situation is. It's a seven-year jail sentence. The only hope I've got is to rely on his good graces. I wouldn't imagine he feels any obligation to do anything nice and I can understand that position completely."

Crowe has a history of violent outbursts but his latest, for which he has been charged with assault and possession of a weapon (the telephone), could land him in prison for up to seven years. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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