Hollywood actor assaulted in Vancouver
Michael Moriarty badly beaten in unprovoked attack
Wednesday, January 09, 2002
MAPLE RIDGE, B.C. - A Hollywood actor who now makes his home in Vancouver has been badly beaten and hospitalized.
Both police and hospital officials are being tight-lipped, but a number of sources confirm that Emmy award-winning actor Michael Moriarty was badly beaten at about 2:45 a.m. Wednesday.
It happened outside the Wolfe Lounge at the Quality Inn Motel in Maple Ridge.
Apparently, the 60-year-old had been drinking at the lounge with a friend when police say three to five males attacked him.
The attack, which was unprovoked, left Moriarty on the ground unconscious.
According to one source, he was bleeding from both ears, had an injured eye, and a broken wrist, but there is no confirmation of that.
Moriarty was transported to Ridge Meadows Hospital in Maple Ridge where a source told BCTV News on Global Moriarty was in emergency and could not be disturbed.
The actor most recently appeared in a Vancouver courtroom charged with assault after allegedly slapping his common-law wife while they were out at a Vancouver restaurant.
The charges against him were stayed on Jan. 31st.
Moriarty has been frank about his difficulties with drinking, but it isn't known what role that may have played in the assault.
Police did arrest a suspect, but he was apparently released on an appearance notice.