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Omar Sharif pleads not guilty to battery

‘Dr. Zhivago’ star allegedly hit a Beverly Hills parking attendant
/ Source: Reuters

Actor Omar Sharif of “Dr. Zhivago” fame pleaded not guilty Tuesday to hitting a Beverly Hills restaurant parking attendant in the face and calling him a “stupid Mexican.”

Sharif, 73, did not attend the brief hearing at Beverly Hills Superior court and entered the plea through his lawyer.

According to a lawsuit filed by parking attendant Juan Anderson, Sharif was “belligerent and intoxicated” when he left a Beverly Hills steakhouse around midnight on June 11 and found that his car was not waiting for him.

Sharif demanded Anderson find the car, offered him a 20 euro note and in the ensuing confrontation called Anderson a “stupid Mexican” and assaulted him, the suit alleged.

According to the police report on the incident, Anderson refused medical treatment and had no visible injuries.

The Egyptian-born actor, whose movie credits include “Funny Girl” and “Lawrence of Arabia,” is charged with misdemeanor battery. Another hearing was set for early January.