Tamil star Suriya accused of assault; actor denies charges
One of the biggest stars in the Tamil film industry, Suriya has reportedly gotten himself involved in an incident of road rage.
Premkumar, a first division football player from Chennai, has lodged a police complaint that Suriya had slapped him on Adyar Bridge as his motorcycle banged into a high end SUV, driven by a lady who applied the breaks suddenly.
The actor, whose 24 had released a few weeks back, got involved in the incident which took place on Monday evening in Adyar, Chennai.
According to the police, Premkumar, who was riding pillion and his friend Lenin, who riding the bike, were heading from Broadway to a Adyar football ground, when the SUV in front of them applied its breaks suddenly.
Premkumar told the police, “My friend Lenin could not control the bike which went and hit the car’s rear end. I was thrown into the air due to the sudden impact, and escaped with some minor bruises. The mudguard of our bike was damaged while the SUV rear bumper had a dent. The woman, who was driving the car, stepped out and started yelling at us for no fault of ours. I told the lady that my bike has been damaged and she should bear the repair cost."
"The nearby shopkeepers too came to our rescue and questioned the woman’s driving skill. Meanwhile actor Suriya and his bodyguard who was passing by stopped his car and without knowing who was at fault, started slapping me in full public view.”
Suriya has later clarified that he had not slapped Premkumar; he had only questioned the youngsters who were arguing with the woman.
When contacted, Surya's Manager confirmed that the actor was present at the spot, but denied any physical assault.
Suriya’s spokesperson said, "The duo was said to have harassed the lady and Surya, on seeing this, got out of his car and asked them to back off. The actor only asked them to take their argument to the sidelines as there was a traffic pile up. He then left the scene, after informing the police.”