Veteran actor John Hurt was so drunkenly offensive in a London lap-dancing club he was ejected by the club’s bouncers.
The three-times married Hurt, 64, arrived at Spearmint Rhino this week with a friend but had hardly been in the club two minutes when he was abusive to staff. Club management tried to placate The Elephant Man star with free champagne but to no avail, according to imdb.com.
A source told Britain's Daily Mirror newspaper: "John had obviously been knocking back the drinks and was acting thoroughly rude and unpleasant. While most stars treat the staff with respect, he was being vile. He had one waitress in tears after pointing his finger in her face and shouting and swearing.
“He'd been sent a bottle of champagne by the management, but that didn't seem to lift his spirits. The only time he smiled was when some dancers started gyrating in front of his table, but even that went wrong. John's hands started to wander and security told him in no uncertain terms he wasn't allowed to touch; otherwise he'd be thrown out.
“As well as shouting and pointing at the waitress, he was screaming for some Rhino chips with which he could buy dances. He then kicked up a fuss because his credit card needed authorizing, and when it came to pay for his bar bill he signed on the wrong part of the slip. By now he was shrieking things like, 'Don't you know who I am?' He was then ejected."
A Spearmint Rhino spokesman said: "We can confirm John Hurt was escorted out of the premises. He had obviously had too much to drink so we stopped serving because he was intoxicated."