AceShowbiz - Arnold Schwarzenegger isn't keeping bad blood with an attacker after he was dropkicked by a guy during the fourth annual Arnold Classic Africa competition in South Africa. The 71-year-old actor was taking photos and speaking with fans at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg when the man leaped in the air and kicked the former California Governor in the back.
Arnold barely flinched as his security apprehended the man, who fell on the ground after launching the dropkick. The "Conan the Barbarian" star then managed to continue participating in the event like nothing happened, greeting and shaking hands with fans.
He later took to Twitter to give an update on his condition. "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," he wrote on Saturday, May 18. Calling the assailant an "idiot," he added, "I'm just glad the idiot didn't interrupt my Snapchat."
He also asked people not to spread video of the attacker and give him the spotlight. "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," he told his followers.
He continued, "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," before joking about how he should handle the attack, "By the way... block or charge?" He also joked in a video showing two girls taking part in a karate competition, "I'm so lucky none of those girls drop-kicked me yesterday."
Responding to fans' question on whether he would take legal action regarding the attack, the "Terminator: Dark Fate" actor said on Sunday, "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."
Wayne Price, the organizer of the Arnold Classic Africa, also told a local paper that Arnold "has no intentions" of pressing charges and "views this as an unfortunate incident by a mischievous fan."
Arnold's son Joseph Baena also assured people that his father wasn't hurt despite the dropkick attack. Met in West Hollywood on Saturday night, he said of his father's condition, "He's a strong man."