UPDATE by Brendon: It looks like The Wrap may have misreported here. Their current, backpedalling, version of the story claims:
the guard subsequently made a citizen’s arrest.
Mark’s original story follows.
Amazing Spider-Man villain Rhys Ifans, who plays the Lizard in the upcoming The Amazing Spider-Man film, was arrested at San Diego Comic Con last night before the Amazing Spider-Man panel after a brief backstage argument with a security guard, according to Reuters. According to their story, Ifans was cited and released. The San Diego City Attorney will decide whether to pursue charges at a later date.
“The Amazing Spider-Man” villain Rhys Ifans was arrested and cited for misdemeanor battery for shoving a female security guard before Friday night’s Comic-Con panel for the film, police tell TheWrap.
Ifans, who smelled of alcohol, became irate when a member of his entourage was unable to enter the hall for lack of proper credentialing, police said. They said he shoved the guard in order to pass through, and was allowed to participate in the panel, but the guard subsequently made a citizen’s arrest.
A spokesman for Sony said that Ifans “deeply regrets the incident.”
“He was aggressive and belligerent,” Lt. Andra Brown said of the Welsh actor. “He was… berating everyone from the security staff to the United States of America.”