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Jeremy Renner escapes Thailand bar brawl that saw friend stabbed

January 5, 2012 |  4:16 pm

Jeremy Renner

Jeremy Renner got while the getting was good in the wee hours of Wednesday, stepping away from a bar brawl in Thailand before, well, before a bunch of guys allegedly attempted to kill one of the people in his bar-hopping group.

It was a scenario that sounded more "Hangover 2" than "Mission: Impossible 4": A half-dozen Rachada Pub staffers were taken into custody and charged with attempted murder, the Phuket Gazette reported, for a stabbing attack that left Vorasit Issara, general manager of the nearby Sri Panwa Resort, hospitalized with serious wounds to his stomach and the tendons of his neck.

(The neck wounds reportedly came from an axe that was home-made from a motorcycle brake rotor. Other weapons involved included knives and clubs. Youch.)

The melee in Phuket City began after 31-year-old Vorasit dropped a glass, according to the local police chief, who provided no other details and reportedly silenced one of the suspects when he tried to explain what had happened.

A source told the Gazette that Renner was one of two men and two women in the party with Vorasit and his driver, Noppadon Preechawai. The group had been seen at a couple other clubs before the after-hours incident at Rachada Pub. Vorasit allegedly had been drinking and got into a fight with bar staff before the 4:30 a.m. violence broke out, the source said.

Renner's rep confirmed the incident to several outlets, but said the actor was not involved or injured, as had been previously reported. 

"The Hurt Locker" and "M.I.: Ghost Protocol" star has been in the Philippines filming "The Bourne Legacy."

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— Christie D'Zurilla
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Photo: Jeremy Renner at the U.S. premiere of "Mission: Impossible -- Ghost Protocol" in New York on Dec. 19. Credit: Evan Agostini / Associated Press

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