Game of Thrones actor Clive Mantle, 55, had part of his ear bitten off in a bizarre early morning attack in Newcastle, England.
Here's what you need to know...
1. Mantle was Staying in a Hotel in Newcastle City
Mantle is part of a touring production of The Ladykillers. At about 4:30 a.m. Sunday, March 24, he was attacked by another guest after having previously asked a group to keep the noise down. After emergency services were called, Mantle was brought to a local hospital where the top of Mantle's right ear was sewn back on.
2. A Statement was Released on Mantle's Behalf Saying he was "Badly Shaken up"
Mantle's agency, Sarahband Associates, released a statement saying:
He is very shaken and shocked by what has happened, you don't expect this kind of thing to happen in a hotel.
The part of the ear that was bitten off was found and sewn back on. Mr Mantle said the police, ambulance and hospital staff were amazing.
A spokesperson for the hotel added:
As this is a live police investigation, we cannot offer any further comment at this stage, but we can confirm we are working very closely to assist Northumbria Police with their investigation...
Travelodge's number one priority is the health and safety of customers and staff, and we do not tolerate any form of harmful behaviour on our premises towards our customers or staff members.
3. A 32-year-old man has Been Charged
A Scottish man has been charged with the crime. According to reports, he held Mantle down and bit the top of his right ear off. Another man was also arrested and charged in connection.
4. Mantle is Best Known for his Role in HBO's Game of Thrones as the Character Lord Greatjon Umber
According to Game of Thrones Wiki the character is:
...heavily muscled and is a formidable warrior. Jon is proud, boisterous, and fierce, and impressed only by those who earn his respect. He lost two of his fingers to Robb Stark's direwolf Grey Wind in a moment of defiance.
5. In the 1980s Mantle Appeared in a BBC Series: In One Ear.
The show was an award winning sketch comedy show broadcast on BBC Radio 4 1984-1986.
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