Arnold Schwarzenegger on ‘flying kick’ attack: ‘I’m not pressing charges’
Arnold Schwarzenegger will not be pressing charges against the man who attacked him with a flying kick at an athletic event in South Africa on Saturday, May 18.
“I hope this was a wake-up call, and he gets his life on the right track. But I’m moving on and I’d rather focus on the thousands of great athletes I met at @ArnoldSports Africa,” he stated on his Twitter account over the weekend.
Update: A lot of you have asked, but I’m not pressing charges. I hope this was a wake-up call, and he gets his life on the right track. But I’m moving on and I’d rather focus on the thousands of great athletes I met at @ArnoldSports Africa.
— Arnold (@Schwarzenegger) May 19, 2019
The former professional bodybuilder was filming children at the Arnold Classic Africa — an annual multi-sports event — in Johannesburg when a man suddenly hit him with a flying kick from behind.
“Thanks for your concerns, but there is nothing to worry about. I thought I was just jostled by the crowd, which happens a lot. I only realized I was kicked when I saw the video like all of you. I’m just glad the idiot didn’t interrupt my Snapchat,” said the 71-year-old after the assault.
Do me a favor: instead of sharing the video of the guy who wants to be famous, watch some of our @ArnoldSports athletes like this young hero proving that fitness is for everyone who deserve to be famous. They’re on my Snapchat. pic.twitter.com/EuMynJ7t1n
— Arnold (@Schwarzenegger) May 18, 2019
Schwarzenegger also requested his fans to watch the performances of the athletes at the event instead of putting the spotlight on the attack on him. The action star has been filming footages of the athletes and posting these on his social media. JB