Movie hunk Gerard Butler has been charged with misdemeanor criminal battery for punching a photographer last year. The Los Angeles City Attorney already filed legal charge against him on Wednesday, May 13.
As reported by TMZ, which was the first to run story of that matter, Gerard had an "altercation with a photographer" at 2 A.M. back on October 7, the night his movie "RocknRolla" was premiered in Hollywood. He was getting into a limo outside the Crown Bar in Los Angeles after leaving a premiere party for the film, when he allegedly punched the paparazzo in the lips for three or four times.
Speaking of the incident, Gerard's manager Alan Siegel said the actor was forced to have his driver stop the car he was riding in after the particular photographer repeatedly sped through red lights and almost struck two pedestrians. His attorney, Blair Berk, stated that his celebrity client is not required to - and won't - appear in court on the related charge.
Gerard himself makes no comment at all on the issue. Due in court for an arraignment on June 10, he is facing up to six months in jail if convicted on the charge, TMZ reports.