Russell Crowe addresses alleged phone-throwing incident

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Russell Crowe Addresses Phone-Throwing Incident

It's been nine years since actor Russell Crowe was handcuffed and arraigned for allegedly throwing a phone at a hotel clerk in New York.

Crowe had been trying to call his wife in Australia and couldn't get through. According to Crowe, Nestor Estrada wasn't helpful when the actor called the front desk for assistance.

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NEW YORK - JUNE 6: A handcuffed Russell Crowe is led out of the First Precinct on his way to being arraigned June 6, 2005 in New York City. Crowe was arrested earlier in the morning for allegedly throwing a telephone at an employee of the hotel where he was staying according to reports. (Photo by Thos Robinson/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - JUNE 6: A handcuffed Russell Crowe is led out of the First Precinct on his way to being arraigned June 6, 2005 in New York City. Crowe was arrested earlier in the morning for allegedly throwing a telephone at an employee of the hotel where he was staying according to reports. (Photo by Thos Robinson/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - JUNE 6: A handcuffed Russell Crowe is led out of the First Precinct on his way to being arraigned June 6, 2005 in New York City. Crowe was arrested earlier in the morning for allegedly throwing a telephone at an employee of the hotel where he was staying according to reports. (Photo by Thos Robinson/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - JUNE 6: A handcuffed Russell Crowe is led out of the First Precinct on his way to being arraigned June 6, 2005 in New York City. Crowe was arrested earlier in the morning for allegedly throwing a telephone at an employee of the hotel where he was staying according to reports. (Photo by Thos Robinson/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 18: (ITALY OUT, NY DAILY NEWS OUT, NY NEWSDAY OUT) Actor Russell Crowe arrives at Manhattan criminal court to settle his assault case for which he pleaded guilty on Friday to throwing a phone at a hotel concierge November 18, 2005 in New York City. (Photo by Arnaldo Magnani/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 18: (ITALY OUT, NY DAILY NEWS OUT, NY NEWSDAY OUT) Actor Russell Crowe and his wife Danielle Spencer arrive at Manhattan criminal court to settle his assualt case for which he pleaded guilty on Friday to throwing a phone at a hotel concierge November 18, 2005 in New York City. (Photo by Arnaldo Magnani/Getty Images)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 15: Actor Russell Crowe attends a presentation of 'The Water Diviner' at the 67th Annual Cannes Film Festival on May 15, 2014 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images for Variety)
PARIS, FRANCE - APRIL 02: Russell Crowe takes a walk near his hotel on April 2, 2014 in Paris, France. (Photo by Pierre Suu/GC Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - APRIL 01: Russell Crowe attends the Paris Premiere of 'NOAH' at Cinema Gaumont Marignan on April 1, 2014 in Paris, France. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images for Paramount Pictures International)
PARIS, FRANCE - APRIL 01: Actor Russell Crowe (L) signs autographs for fans as he arrives for the Paris premiere of 'Noah' directed by Darren Aronofsky at Cinema Gaumont Marignan on April 1, 2014 in Paris, France. (Photo by Bertrand Rindoff Petroff/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - APRIL 01: Actor Russell Crowe arrives for the Paris premiere of 'Noah' directed by Darren Aronofsky at Cinema Gaumont Marignan on April 1, 2014 in Paris, France. (Photo by Bertrand Rindoff Petroff/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - APRIL 01: Russell Crowe attends the Paris Premiere of 'NOAH' at Cinema Gaumont Marignan on April 1, 2014 in Paris, France. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images for Paramount Pictures International)
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 25: Actor Russell Crowe hosts the L'Oreal Paris 2005 AFI Craft Awards at Waterfront City Pavilion on November 25, 2005 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by David Teuma/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA: Hollywood actor Russell Crowe reads a tribute to the late Kerry Packer during a state memorial service at Sydney's Opera House, 17 February 2006. Packer, Australia's richest man who died on 26 December 2005, was 68-years-old and it was estimated had a personal fortune of 6.9 billion dollars (5.09 billion USD). A star-studded crowd of thousands attended a rousing state memorial for Australia's richest man Kerry Packer 17 February, where the media mogul was remembered as the man who changed the face of international cricket. AFP PHOTO/Greg WOOD (Photo credit should read GREG WOOD/AFP/Getty Images)
Russell Crowe and wife Danielle Spencer (left) arrive at New York State Supreme Court for the plea hearing for his June 6, 2005 assult charge for which Crowe plead guilty to third degree assault charge - November 18, 2005 (Photo by Jemal Countess/WireImage)
Russell Crowe arrives at New York State Supreme Court for the plea hearing for his June 6, 2005 assult charge for which Crowe plead guilty to third degree assault - November 18, 2005 (Photo by Jemal Countess/WireImage)
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"His response was, 'Whatever,' and he hung up on me, so I went downstairs and had a word with him," the actor said on the "Sunday Night" program.

He's now explaining his side of the story -- though there are still some questions.

"I never touched him, mate. Never touched him, never laid a finger on him," he said.

In an interview with Australia's Channel 7, the Oscar winner is denying he ever hit Estrada, saying the clerk instead hurt himself running away from the actor.

No explanation as to why the clerk was running away or how he might have hurt himself doing so, though.

Police at the time said Estrada suffered a cut below his right eye from the thrown telephone.

Crowe's publicist said he never meant to hit Estrada and that the phone hit a wall rather than the clerk's face.

Crowe actually pleaded guilty to the assault back in 2005. That plea ensured he would avoid prison time.

It was big news in the entertainment world -- with many suggesting the incident was a reflection of Crowe's notorious bad temper.

It's no secret Crowe isn't the biggest fan of the news media.

"Most of the people that work in your job are a pack of bloody idiots," he once told a BBC journalist.

To critics of his rumored hot temper, Crowe simply called himself "sensitive."

Crowe used the interview to plug his new movie "The Water Diviner," which explores the World War I Battle of Gallipoli.

His comments on that battle -- which he called an invasion "of a sovereign nation" -- is actually the bigger headline from the interview. Catch it in full on Channel 7's website.

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