Arnold Schwarzenegger 'won't press charges' after flying kick attack

Ben Arnold
Contributor

Arnold Schwarzenegger has said that he doesn't intend to press charges, after he was attacked by a man at his own sporting event in South Africa.

The action star was speaking to fans at the Arnold Classic Africa in Johannesburg when a man leapt at him, kicking him in the back.

Though Schwarzenegger looked shocked by the incident, the man appeared to bounce off him, before being restrained.

Arnold Schwarzenegger (Credit: PA)

The man, who remains unnamed, was handed over to police, officials from the event confirmed.

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71-year-old Schwarzenegger has now said that he's 'moving on', and would not be taking the matter any further.

“A lot of you have asked, but I’m not pressing charges,” he tweeted.

“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.

“We have 90 sports here in South Africa at the @ArnoldSports, and 24,000 athletes of all ages and abilities inspiring all of us to get off the couch. Let's put this spotlight on them.”

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Though following the attack, he gamely shared video of it to fans.

“And if you have to share the video (I get it), pick a blurry one without whatever he was yelling so he doesn’t get the spotlight,” he captioned. “By the way... block or charge?”

“I thought I was just jostled by the crowd, which happens a lot. I only realised I was kicked when I saw the video like all of you,” he added.