Skip to Content

Man arrested on assault charges after punching actor Steve Buscemi and another person, New York police say

<i>Mike Segar/Reuters/File via CNN Newsource</i><br/>Steve Buscemi attends a SAG-AFTRA actors' strike rally in Times Square Manhattan in New York City
Mike Segar/Reuters/File via CNN Newsource
Steve Buscemi attends a SAG-AFTRA actors' strike rally in Times Square Manhattan in New York City

By Nic F. Anderson, CNN

(CNN) — A man was arrested on assault charges after authorities say he punched two people – including Hollywood actor Steve Buscemi – in separate incidents in New York City, police said.

Clifton Williams, 50, is facing charges of assault in the second degree and assault in the third degree in the two incidents last week, the New York Police Department told CNN in a statement.

The NYPD told CNN Williams allegedly punched Buscemi in the face as the actor was walking in midtown Manhattan last week.

Williams was arraigned in Manhattan criminal court on Saturday and the judge set his cash bail at $50,000, according to court records.

Ten minutes before the incident on May 8, Williams is accused of punching a 22-year-old man about 11 blocks away. The victim’s condition wasn’t clear. Both incidents happened on Third Avenue, police say.

Buscemi was treated for injuries at a hospital after the attack, authorities said.

“EMS responded and transported the victim to NYC Health and Hospitals/ Bellevue in stable condition for treatment regarding bruising, swelling, and bleeding to his left eye,” the NYPD said about Buscemi’s attack.

The actor’s publicist said Buscemi was “another victim of a random act of violence in the city.” It marked the latest in a string of random attacks across New York City where individuals say they were hit in the face out of nowhere while walking the streets.

Buscemi is OK and he “appreciates everyone’s well wishes, though incredibly sad for everyone that this has happened to while also walking the streets of NY,” his publicist told CNN in a statement.

Buscemi was born in Brooklyn, New York. He is best known for starring in films such as “Reservoir Dogs” (1992) and “Fargo” (1996), as well as TV series including “Boardwalk Empire” and “30 Rock.”

™ & © 2024 Cable News Network, Inc., a Warner Bros. Discovery Company. All rights reserved.

Article Topic Follows: CNN - Entertainment

Jump to comments ↓

CNN Newsource


KTVZ NewsChannel 21 is committed to providing a forum for civil and constructive conversation.

Please keep your comments respectful and relevant. You can review our Community Guidelines by clicking here

If you would like to share a story idea, please submit it here.

Skip to content