Ozark star Laura Linney watches in horror after NYFW event when crazed fan punches assistant in the head after being denied an autograph
- Onlookers screamed in horror as the attack took place outside the Pierre Hotel on the Upper East Side
- Fans were milling around the Ozark star as she waited on the sidewalk with little protection
- The star had been enjoying one of the highlights of New York Fashion Week alongside Janet Jackson, Alicia Silverstone and Sarah Hyland
But things turned nasty as she waited outside among milling crowds afterwards for a car to pick her up.
A heavily-built fan with an autograph book tried to push past her assistant and reacted furiously when he could not reach the star, punching him in the back of the head before stalking off.
‘Oh my God!’ screamed one onlooker, ‘I have never seen anything like that.’
The heavily-built fan punches the star’s assistant in the back of the head after failing to get an autograph
The star comforts her assistant after he was attacked by her crazed fan outside the NYFW event at the Pierre Hotel in New York’s Upper East Side
The moment was captured by TikToker mickmicknyc who captioned it ‘why celebrities need bodyguards!’
The four-time Emmy winner already looked nervous as she emerged from the show and glanced anxiously up and down the street.
‘It’s like chaos here, don’t worry we’ll figure it out,’ someone assures her.
The crazed fan is then seeing approaching from behind and poking her in the back with his pen, prompting the assistant to say ‘Hey hey! No, don’t do that’.
‘Don’t f***ing touch me’, the man responds, before lashing out at the slightly built assistant.
‘Are you alright?’ The Big C actress asks him as she lays her hand on his shoulder and the attacker storms off back towards the hotel.
‘Alright, I’m fine,’ he assures her and smiles as he shepherds her to the by now arrived car.
The video has been seen more than 1.3million times and many viewers were horrified at the vulnerability of celebrities at the event.
‘I’ve seen this guy so many times,’ wrote Lauren Chavez, ‘My office is across from rock center and he’s always waiting for the celebs to exit today show.’
It was all smiles as the star emerged from the event seconds before the attack
The Big C star had a front row seat at the event alongside Janet Jackson, Alicia Silverstone and Rosie Perez
Designer Christian Siriano at his show alongside celebrity fans Sarah Hyland, Rosie Perez, Alicia Silverstone and Laura Linney
‘That man is a red flag big time!!’ wrote Lauren.
‘Show that to the police they should be charged with assault.’
‘At this point bodyguards needs bodyguards to protect them from a******s like this one,’ added another.
The NYPD said it had not received a report about the incident.