Game of Thrones actor Clive Mantle has told a court he had his ear partially bitten off when he asked two drunken men to be quiet in a Newcastle hotel.
Mantle, also known for his longstanding role as Dr Mike Barrett in BBC drama Casualty, was allegedly attacked at the hotel after he was woken by Philip McGilvray, 33, and Alan French, 32.
The two men were shouting in the corridor outside Mr Mantle’s ground-floor room, Newcastle Crown Court heard.
The actor said he repeatedly asked the pair to keep quiet, before he was attacked while walking towards the hotel’s reception to complain.
He told the court he fought back against the men after feeling a surge of adrenaline when his ear was bitten off.
“The next thing I was aware of was a pain in my left ear which triggered a massive response within me,” he said.
“The adrenaline it gave me enabled me to rip my right hand away. The only thing I could do is put my thumb in his eye socket to make him release.”Advertisement
While giving evidence in court, Mantle lifted his hair to show the jury his disfigured left ear after being asked to do so by the prosecution.
He had been staying in the Travelodge hotel for six nights while working on a touring production at the Theatre Royal in Newcastle, and had asked for a quiet room.
Mantle, who played the part of Greatjon Umber in HBO series Game of Thrones, told the court the ear was placed in a cup of water before he went to the Royal Victoria Infirmary
“Unfortunately, once it is immersed in water it is compromised and cannot be reattached,” he said.
McGilvray and French, both from Hamilton in Scotland, both deny wounding with intent.
The case continues.
Source: Sky, Metro