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Slater escapes knife attack

Actor's bodyguard fights off man outside London theater
/ Source: Reuters

Actor Christian Slater escaped a knife attack after a performance of his show in London’s East End.

Slater, 35, has been starring in a stage version of “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” at the Gielgud Theater, which ended a three month season Saturday. 

Media reports said Slater’s bodyguard took the brunt of the knife attack, which occurred outside the theater.  A Scotland Yard spokeswoman said police were called to Shaftesbury Avenue in the heart of London’s theater district at 11 p.m. Friday evening after reports of an attempted stabbing. 

“A 44-year old man was attacked by a knife which luckily did not penetrate his skin but only his clothes,” she said, adding that a knife was recovered from the scene and that police are continuing to investigate.          

The New York-born Slater, star of films “True Romance” and “Interview with the Vampire,” made his UK stage debut last August when “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” played during the Edinburgh Film Festival, before moving to London. 

No comment from Slater’s agent was immediately available.