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BC-WRE--WWE-Hart Attacked,2nd Ld-Writethru

April 7, 2019
Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — Wrestler Bret “The Hitman” Hart was tackled by a spectator while he was giving a speech during the WWE Hall of Fame ceremony at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

The man was promptly subdued by several people who came to Hart’s defense Saturday night. Hart is OK.

New York City Police said 26-year-old Zachary Madsen was arrested, and faces assault and criminal trespass charges. An email to the district attorney seeking someone who could comment on Madsen’s behalf wasn’t immediately answered.

Several shocked onlookers posted footage of the incident online.

One witness told The Associated Press the attacker ran toward the ring from the crowd. He said the crowd was cheering when one of the wrestlers punched the attacker.

The induction event resumed after the man was taken into custody.