Russell Crowe Avoids Jail Time for Assault Charge
November 18, 2005

It is case closed for Russell Crowe. "Extra" was in New York City as the leading man fought his way through a media mob scene, where he came face to face with the law.

Inside the courtroom, Crowe pleaded guilty to misdemeanor assault for throwing a phone at New York hotel concierge Nestor Estrada last June.

In return for his guilty plea, the judge went easy on Crowe. That actor received no jail time and no probation. He was facing seven years in prison and a ban from working in America.

The guilty plea comes as no huge surprise. Crowe appeared on Letterman shortly after the incident and took most of the blame, admitting that he went into a rage after poor phone service at the hotel left him unable to call his wife back home in Australia. "It was really quite a foolish thing to do," Crowe admitted.

This time, Crowe brought his entire family to New York. "Extra" spotted Crowe Thursday in Soho, taking a smoke break with his security guard.

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