Dev Patel Helps Stop ‘Violent Altercation’ in Australia; No Heroes in This Situation He Says
India-West News Desk
LOS ANGELES, CA – Actor Dev Patel isn’t just a man of action on the big screen.
On August 1 night in Australia, Indian British actor Dev Patel famed for his roles in “Slumdog Millionaire” and “Lion,” among others, is hitting headlines for his spontaneous and successful intervention that deescalated a violent situation.
The incident occurred in Adelaide according to a press release put out by South Australia Police and involved a woman and a man, who began fighting in the street and then continued doing so inside a nearby service station where witnesses attempted to break up the fight.
The woman then allegedly stabbed the man in the chest, the statement said. A 32-year-old man was treated at the scene before being taken to the Royal Adelaide Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. The woman was arrested.
Patel’s rep also put out a statement, given the media interest. “Dev acted on his natural instinct to try and de-escalate the situation and break up the fight. The group was thankfully successful in doing so and they remained on site to ensure that the police and eventually the ambulance arrived. There are no heroes in this situation and sadly this specific incident highlights a larger systemic issue of marginalized members of society not being treated with the dignity and respect they deserve.”
Patel’s representatives added: “The hope is that the same level of media attention this story is receiving (solely because Dev, as a famous person, was involved) can be a catalyst for lawmakers to be compassionate in determining long-term solutions to help not only the individuals who were involved but the community at large.”
Police attended and arrested a 34-year-old woman in connection with the event.
“The pair are known to each other, and this is not a random incident,” the release said. She has been charged with aggravated assault causing harm.