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Report: "Hobbit" actor, visiting San Antonio for Comic Con, accused of assault

Manu Bennett

KENS

SAN ANTONIO, Texas -- An actor known for playing an Orc in the "The Hobbit" film trilogy has been accused of assault while in San Antonio for Alamo City Comic Con, reports CBS affiliate KENS.

45-year-old Manu Bennett was arrested early Sunday on a misdemeanor charge of assault causing bodily injury, reports the station. A spokesperson for San Antonio Police Department told the station officers responded to an "assault in progress" report at a downtown San Antonio hotel. Bennett allegedly punched a 29-year-old man in the face while at a party at the hotel shortly after 4:30 a.m., reported the San Antonio News Press.

He was released from jail around 1 p.m. Sunday on $1,600 bond, reports the station.

Bennett, an actor and director, played Azog the Defiler in the popular Hobbit trilogy and is also known for his role as the gladiator Crixus in the "Spartacus" television series. He was listed on the Alamo City Comic Con's website as a celebrity guest.

The event drew thousands of comic book enthusiasts to the city's convention center over the weekend, reports the paper.