A man has been attacked outside a cinema in Crawley, West Sussex, following a screening of N.W.A. biopic Straight Outta Compton. The attack took place in the early hours of Sunday morning and is reported to have happened following a confrontation inside the cinema.

Straight Outta ComptonA man has been attacked after a screening of Straight Outta Compton.

The BBC reports that the victim had been leaving the cinema with another man, when two men attacked him and threw acid over his head and face in the cinema car park.

The assault was said to have happened between the hours of 01:00 and 01:30 BST on Sunday, with the two men being escribed as white and in their late 20s or early 30s and driving a dark-coloured Peugeot car.

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The victim, who is aged 27, was taken to East Surrey Hospital for treatment but because of "potentially life changing injuries" from the corrosive liquid he was later transferred to the Queen Victoria Hospital in East Grinstead for specialist care, according to the BBC.

A Sussex police spokesman said, “It is thought the incident may have started when the victim and another man, 29, also from Redhill, were watching Straight Outta Compton in the cinema.”

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“This was an isolated but nevertheless nasty and unprovoked assault,” D S Laura Diamond of Crawley CID added. D S Diamond also appealed to anyone who may have seen an altercation either within the cinema or later in the car park outside to contact police.

One of the attackers is describing as having dark short hair and a beard and was wearing a bag across his shoulder at the time. The other was wearing a white or light grey hooded top and jeans.