Denzel Washington terrorised his 20-year-old daughter's boyfriend, so the suitor would be too afraid to mess her around. The dad of four is a proud and protective father and dreaded meeting Yale University student Katia's first love. He reveals, "My oldest girl has got a boyfriend, who is at the school where she is. He is obviously very bright, but has too many earrings for my liking. "I told him, `I'm not gonna be that friendly with you.' "I put my oldest boy on him - to put the fear of God into him. I said, `Kick him around a bit. Tenderise him. I'll finish him off.'" But Washington admits his theory is flawed - because he praises his sons when they start dating. He adds, "It is a double standard because, with my boys, I'm like, `That's my boy.'"