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Law to face legal action

Jude Law is facing legal action from a photographer whom he allegedly attacked outside a London restaurant recently.

entertainment Updated: Jul 25, 2009 16:35 IST

Jude Law is facing legal action from a photographer whom he allegedly attacked outside a London restaurant recently.

The Holiday star was surrounded by snappers as he exited Automat nightclub in the early hours of Thursday morning (July 23), and was pictured lashing out as he tried to get to his car.

The 36-year-old actor was accused of hitting Harsha Gopal on the head, and slapping her in the face when she tried to take his picture.

However, the Hollywood heartthrob has since denied the accusations.

"This is all nonsense. Last night's incident was an accident. Jude was blinded by the camera flashes when he left the restaurant, raised his hand to shield himself and inadvertently struck somebody standing very close. He apologised and left. Pictures of this sort can often be misleading,” Contactmusic quoted a statement from his lawyer, Graham Shear, as saying.

However, Gopal reported the incident at Charing Cross police station on Thursday night.

She told The London Paper, “I felt his hand come across my face... There was a massive thud and my face is still stinging.”

A police spokesman said: "On the evening of Thursday, 23 July, a 28-year-old woman attended a central London police station to make an allegation of common assault. The woman alleges that she was assaulted by a man, aged in his 30s, earlier on 23 July. Westminster officers are investigating the allegation."