Stone: 'Bar Brawl Was Racially Charged'
Moviemaker OLIVER STONE has hinted the summer (08) bar brawl that landed his W stars JOSH BROLIN and JEFFREY WRIGHT behind bars was racially charged.
The director was with the two actors in Shreveport, Louisiana when both were cautioned and then arrested by local police for being drunk and disorderly during a fracas outside the Stray Cat bar.
Wright and Brolin have maintained their innocence and now Stone suggests the fight started after a barman took a dislike to African-American Wright - and the whole thing was handled by "insane" cops.
He tells the new issue of Men's Journal magazine, "I saw Jeffrey being arrested. I guarantee you, that man was not drunk, and he was not disorderly.
"There was a white bartender who had taken a dislike to him a few days prior... and he's (Wright) not going to take s**t from anybody.
"He was escorted out of the bar and treated in a rough manner by these policemen. That's when Josh and his group went out to protest.
"The cops said, 'Step back, sir!' Josh said, 'Sir, why are you arresting him?' and then, boom, (they) maced him in the eyes. They tasered Jeffrey twice... and they beat up my assistant."
Stone admits he stayed inside the bar because he knew he'd get arrested if he joined the fracas.
He adds, "These people were really rough."
Police officials in Shreveport have conducted their own internal investigation following the events of the July (08) brawl and declared the local cops committed no violations.