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Mission Impossible but Jeremy Renner unscathed in Thai brawl

Jeremy Renner: Not involved, says publicist. — Reuters pic Jeremy Renner: Not involved, says publicist. — Reuters pic LOS ANGELES, Jan 6 — “Mission: Impossible” star Jeremy Renner emerged unscathed from a bar fight in Thailand, his spokesman said yesterday, but a hotel manager in his party was attacked with an axe.

A spokeswoman for Renner, 40, who also played the lead in Oscar-winning Iraq war movie “The Hurt Locker”, denied media reports that the actor was hurt in the bloody incident in the Thai resort of Phuket early on Wednesday.

“Jeremy Renner was indeed in a bar in Phuket Thailand as a vicious attack on a patron took place but was not injured or involved. He exited as the fight took place,” Renner’s publicist said in a statement.

Renner, who co-stars with Tom Cruise in “Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol”, was currently working in the Philippines on “The Bourne Legacy” — the latest in the Bourne action movie franchise, the publicist said.

The Phuket Gazette said yesterday that six staff at the pub were arrested and charged with attempted murder of the general manager of a local resort hotel.

Manager Vorasit Issara was stabbed in the stomach and slashed in the neck with an axe, Phuket police told local reporters. — Reuters

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