LATEST: The hotel clerk who was allegedly the target of Russell Crowe's early morning rage on Monday (06JUN05) has confessed he was so terrified of the ranting GLADIATOR star, he hid in an office.

NESTOR ESTRADA claims he cowered out of sight after Crowe, annoyed by not being able to get through to his wife DANIELLE on the phone in his room at New York City's Mercer Hotel, hurled the faulty apparatus at a wall.

Estrada says, "The guy was going nuts... I was scared. I didn't want to go out. I thought he might still be there."

Crowe faces charges of assault and criminal possession of a weapon following the incident. He's due back in court in September (05).

08/06/2005 03:10