Arnold Schwarzenegger Not Pressing Charges Against South Africa Attacker

Arnold Schwarzenegger getting kicked in the back at South Africa event

Arnold Schwarzenegger will not press charges against the man who drop-kicked him this weekend. The legendary bodybuilder, film star, and politician was attending the Arnold Classic Africa, Johannesburg when the attack happened.

According to Schwarzenegger, he has decided to drop the incident. He claimed to be “moving on” and that he doesn’t want to give the attacker fame.

The iconic athlete was kicked as he attended his own event. But he didn’t actually know he’d been kicked until he saw a video. Schwarzenegger thought he’d just been “jostled” by the crowd instead.

Making light of the situation, Arnold said he was just happy his Snapchat wasn’t interrupted. He also added; “And if you have to share the video (I get it), pick a blurry one without whatever he was yelling so he doesn’t get the spotlight. By the way… block or charge?”

Video went viral

Videos of the man kicking the pioneering bodybuilder quickly went viral. Even Arnold himself shared the video, albeit a blurry, low-quality version.

In the video you can see the attacker leap with both feet at the Austrian Oak who is taking pictures and filming the event. When the kick lands, Arnold stumbles forward into a small crowd of people as the attacker falls to the ground.

A security guard then quickly wrestles the attacker away from the scene. Arnold and the crowd appear to be confused about what just happened as the man disappears from shot.

According to event officials, the attacker was then handed over to the police.

Arnold not pressing charges

After the attack, Schwarzenegger took to twitter to explain what had happened. But instead of giving his attacker the spotlight, he told fans he wouldn’t press charges.

Instead, he asked his 4 million plus followers to focus on the event’s athletes. In one tweet he said; “I’d rather focus on the thousands of great athletes I met at @ArnoldSports Africa.”

In another tweet, he added; “Do me a favor: instead of sharing the video of the guy who wants to be famous, watch some of our @ArnoldSports athletes like this young hero proving that fitness is for everyone who deserve to be famous…”

Despite what happened Arnold was able to keep the attention on the event’s real stars – the athletes.

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