LATEST: Egyptian film legend Omar Sharif has pleaded not guilty to attacking a parking attendant in a Beverly Hills, California court.

In a lawsuit filed in October (05), car valet JUAN ANDERSON alleged the DR ZHIVAGO star called him "a stupid Mexican" when the former refused to accept a 20 Euro note outside a Beverly Hills steak restaurant.

Anderson, who claims the 73-year-old actor punched him, is seeking $50,000 (GBP28,800) in civil penalties, unspecified damages and legal fees.

Sharif was not present in court on Tuesday (06DEC05), leaving his lawyer MARTIN SINGER to enter a not guilty plea on his behalf.

Singer claims his client has been unfairly targetted by Anderson because of his fame.

A further hearing is scheduled in the new year (10JAN06).