Date: 5th February 2001
Action star WESLEY SNIPES flew into a furious rage when hotel staff asked him to change rooms - and landed himself in jail.
The muscular BLADE actor had to be handcuffed and removed from the MANDALAY BAY HOTEL's casino last month (25JAN01) after he "became belligerent ... and was harassing hotel guests," the LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL reports.
An eyewitness told the newspaper, "Three security guards had his arms severely lifted behind him and they were heading toward ... a holding area". The paper adds that Snipes was held for a few hours before being allowed to return to his room.
According to another paper, THE LAS VEGAS SUN, the trouble began when hotel staff interrupted Snipes while he was playing cards to tell him he'd have to change rooms because of a reservation mixup. This news "caused Snipes to snap and launch a verbal tirade against the staff," the Sun reported. After security was summoned, the martial-arts expert "began to wrestle with his subduers and a full-blown battle ensued," the paper said. According to one witness, Snipes looked as though he had "been partying," the Sun added.
Earlier in the evening, he'd been at the SOUL TRAIN 30th-anniversary bash. The hotel's head of security refused to confirm or deny whether the incident happened. (MCM/WNWCDN)