Tom Arnold embroiled in altercation at pre-Emmys party

Yolanda Curtis
September 18, 2018

TMZ reported Monday that Arnold charged at Burnett and Downey as soon as the actor saw them at the party.

Burnett's wife, Roma Downey, chimed in shortly after, alleging that her hand was bruised in the altercation. "Mark Burnett just went apes-t and choked me at this huge Emmy party [and] then he ran away", Arnold wrote, saying that he was going to call the LAPD.

After the altercation, Downey tweeted out a photo of her bruised hand, writing, "Got this bruise tonight when Tom Arnold tried to ambush my husband Mark and me at a charity event. Is your TV show worth it Tom?". Her tweet came more than an hour after Arnold's.

Emmys 2018 Pre Award Show Party Pics
Emmys 2018 Pre Award Show Party Pics

"You lie your insane husband attacked me you psycho", Arnold wrote. I'm filing police report & suing you for defamation'. "An attorney for Arnold, however, claims the actor was the victim of an "'unprovoked attack' by Burnett", reports The Hollywood reporter. Patton Oswalt later posted a selfie with Arnold to show fans that the "brutal angel" is okay. The pair reportedly settled down before entering the venue.

Some have speculated the fight was a publicity stunt.

One attendee told Variety that Arnold could be heard asking Burnett about outtakes from "The Apprentice". The Los Angeles Police Department has also not commented on the incident.

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According to Arnold, both he and Burnett arrived to the "Evening Before Emmy" party, a fundraiser hosted by the Motion Picture Television Fund, at around 9:30 p.m. Sunday night. "I don't have that word in my vocabulary, and never have".

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