Laura Linney says she’s ‘glad that no one was severely hurt’ after event assistant was struck by aggressive autograph seeker
- Linney’s assistant at Fashion Week event was attacked Friday in NYC by autograph seeker
- Actress, 59, said ‘it was an unfortunate thing that happened’
- Linney was at TIFF in Toronto Monday for debut of her new film Wildcat
The 59-year-old actress spoke with People Monday about the incident, as she attended the Toronto International Film Festival for the debut of her new film Wildcat.
The New York City native told the publication during entrances at the Royal Alexandra Theatre, ‘You know, it was an unfortunate thing that happened.’
The incident occurred as the three-time Academy Award nominee emerged from a show at New York Fashion Week.
The latest: Laura Linney, 59, said she was ‘glad that no one was severely hurt’ after an aggressive autograph seeker struck her assistant following an event in NYC Friday. She was pictured at the Toronto International Film Festival Monday for the debut of her film Wildcat
But things turned nasty as she waited outside among milling crowds afterwards for a car to pick her up.
A fan with an autograph book tried to push past the assistant – who ET reported was working as a Fashion Week team member – and reacted furiously when he could not reach the star, punching the assistant in the back of the head before stalking off.
‘Oh my God!’ screamed one onlooker, ‘I have never seen anything like that.’
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 autograph seeker was then seen 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.
The fan punched the star’s assistant in the back of the head after failing to get an autograph
The star comforted her assistant after he was attacked outside the NYFW event at the Pierre Hotel in New York’s Upper East Side
It was all smiles as the star emerged from the event seconds before the attack
Linney wore a one-shoulder maxi dress with horizontal black, white and dark grey stripes
Monday’s outing marked the first time Linney walked the red carpet since a frightening incident that occurred Friday when an aggressive autograph seeker hit her assistant’s head
The Big C actress asked her assistant, ‘Are you alright?’ as she laid her hand on his shoulder and the attacker stormed off back towards the hotel.
‘Alright, I’m fine,’ he assured her and smiled as he shepherded her to a waiting car.
Wildcat, which is written and directed by Ethan Hawke, 52, is a biographical drama about late novelist Flannery O’Connor (who is played by Maya Hawke, 25) in the motion picture, as she tried to get her first novel published.
Linney plays the role of Regina in the film, which also stars Philip Ettinger, Cooper Hoffman, Rafael Casal, Vincent D’Onofrio, Willa Fitzgerald and Alessandro Nivola.
Linney wore a one-shoulder maxi dress with horizontal black, white and dark grey stripes. She rounded out her ensemble with black heels and had her dark blonde locks parted at the event.