Actress Spencer Grammer slashed outside Manhattan restaurant

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Actress Spencer Grammer says she was trying to calm an agitated man when he slashed her in the arm and stabbed her friend in the back outside a New York restaurant.

Grammer, 36, told Us Weekly that she and her friend "did what anyone else would do in the same situation" and were "attempting to prevent the altercation from escalating" when they were attacked.

Grammer and her 32-year-old friend were eating at an outside table at The Black Ant in Manhattan's East Village neighbourhood at around 11.30pm on Friday when the man ambled up and demanded to be served as the restaurant was closing down.

Grammer and her friend were hurt as they "attempted to break up a dispute between the unidentified male and other patrons at the location," police said.

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Police released CCTV of the suspect (NYPD via AP)

The man ran away after wounding Grammer in the right arm and her friend in the lower back with an unknown sharp object, police said. No arrests have been made.

Grammer, who provides the voice of Summer on cartoon Rick And Morty and previously starred on the comedy series Greek, is the daughter of Frasier star Kelsey Grammer and actress Doreen Alderman.

Grammer said she and her friend both expect to recover quickly. Neither suffered serious internal injuries, she said.

In her statement to US Weekly, Grammer thanked the first responders and Bellevue Hospital staff that treated them and noted the "incredible battle" those workers have fought against the coronavirus pandemic.

"It was very moving for us to have the opportunity to thank them in person," Grammer said.