Actor Zac Efron got into an altercation with at least one homeless person early Sunday in downtown Los Angeles after the vehicle he and a friend were driving became "stranded," police officials confirmed.
Officers responded to the scene around 2:25 a.m. Sunday to Temple Street and the 110 Freeway, where Efron, 26, and his friend were waiting, LAPD spokesman Richard French said. Police officials said the officers were flagged down and pointed to the scene by a third party.
Police Cmdr. Andy Smith said there were indications of an altercation, but no details on what transpired were immediately available.
No arrests were made, French said.
TMZ Articles, the first:
Zac Efron mysteriously ended up in a bad area of downtown L.A. just after midnight Sunday ... and ended up getting violently socked in the mouth by a sketchy transient ... law enforcement sources tell TMZ.
We're told cops were on patrol under the Harbor Freeway when they saw Zac and a man he identified as his bodyguard. Cops saw Zac and the other guy in a full-blown melee with at least 3 other people.
After breaking up the fight, cops questioned Zac. He told them they had run out of gas and were sitting in the car. Zac said while waiting for a tow truck they threw a bottle out the window -- he never said what was in the bottle -- and it smashed on the pavement near a group of transients.
Zac said the transients confronted him and the bodyguard because they believed the pair hurled the bottle at them. Zac says 2 of the transients attacked the bodyguard and when Zac got out of the car to help, he got cold cocked in the mouth. Zac said, "It was the hardest I've ever been hit in my life."
The area where this occurred is rough. Cops are on high alert for drug deals and gangs. One source says Zac was "obviously intoxicated."
Law enforcement tells TMZ ... no one was arrested because they viewed it as "mutual combat."
And the second, in which the 'bodyguard' tries to help with mixed results:
Zac Efron was a hero who risked his own life to save the life of his "bodyguard" -- so claims the bodyguard.
We spoke to the "bodyguard" who says he and Zac were "cruising" around downtown L.A. Sunday at 12:30 AM, when they suddenly ran out of gas and rolled to a stop at the bottom of a downtown L.A. off-ramp.
Later in our conversation, the man -- we agreed not to use his name -- said it wasn't so much "cruising" as it was going to a restaurant in Little Tokyo in the downtown area.
TMZ broke the story ... Zac told cops they had run out of gas and for some reason threw a bottle out of the car which shattered and angered some nearby transients. Zac claimed the transients attacked the man and as Zac went to help him a transient viciously struck Zac in the face.
He tells us ... the transients actually went after him with "a spear" -- like a shank -- and stabbed him in the face, stomach and chest. He says Zac then got out of the car and swung a vodka bottle at the transients to fend off the attack. He says Zac actually thwarted the attack and saved his life.
So the man says the bottle Zac claimed to have thrown out the window wasn't really thrown at all. He says Zac used it as a weapon during the attack.
BTW ... we checked, and the "bodyguard" has a criminal record for drugs and violence.
Please note that even TMZ has updated it to make it clear that this did not actually happen in Skid Row but a mile away, still not the best neighborhood apparently but all the connotations of that area were incorrectly associated.
People added this:
Hours later Efron was spotted in high spirits Sunday night at the Hollywood Improv's Laffest show.
Noshing on nachos and chicken wings while sipping on green tea, Efron took in comedy from the nine different up-and-coming acts, alongside a male and female pal, an onlooker tells PEOPLE.
"The group laughed a lot," the source says. "Zac was a sweetheart to staff. He appeared very relaxed. He and his two friends kept to themselves. He appeared sober and nothing at all seemed out of the ordinary. He did not look injured or different by any means."
I've thought a lot about what to say and I'm still not even sure what to say. Whatever happened, the situation is understandably suspect and the 'bodyguard' explaining it was a bottle of vodka is definitely where I think him trying to help clarify the story and defend Zac just made the story worse. But whatever, the silver lining is that no one was arrested and no one was seriously hurt.
I'd like to reiterate that those of us who closely follow his sightings etc, we know he has been trying… struggling definitely but also without a doubt trying. He has been continuing to seek help, he isn't paying lip service to wanting to be sober. But as I've said any time this has come up, slipping was always likely, that is just what happens with addiction. We all wish we could waive a wand and fix it for him. But this is all on him.
Getting angry about it is understandable. That is definitely an emotion I have at times… like from the very first day of knowing he was using drugs… it's like wtf dude, you KNEW better than that. The other emotions that are nothing new to this day are sadness and concern. I worry I'll wake up one day and find out he is dead. At the beginning, I even had nightmares about it, sometimes it was an overdose and sometimes it was violence. I've learned over time to come to terms and even forced myself to back off a little, because the truth is, I'm not his friend, I'm not his family, I have no way of trying to help except keep hoping in the best for him and believing in him. And from what people still say about him and from his work, he still gives me plenty of reasons to think he's worth it.
I do have to say I'm glad that most people online, for example ONTD, are just wanting him to be better. People who take pleasure in trashing him gleefully for failing or those who think he's an asshole just because he has a problem disturb me. For one thing, this is a real human being who is struggling. Secondly, not to sound twee but, we have precious little time on Earth. I've seen people leave far too soon, including my mother and also, as most of you know, almost myself… and what a terrible and truly unforgivable waste to spend any of it spreading hate and hoping for the downfall of someone, someone you don't even know.
Anyway, it just really sucks right now because it feels like Zac was so close to a turn around professionally. And, whatever his situation is, now he's just sabotaged himself again. He can't catch a break or really more to the point… he can't make a break for himself.