Alan Davies 'grabbed man by the throat in front of his children' at leisure centre

Climbing instructor claims Jonathan Creek actor "just flipped"

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Jonathan Creek actor Alan Davies allegedly grabbed a climbing instructor by the throat in front of his children at a leisure centre in London.

Eamonn O'Connor, from South East London, told The Sun that the comedian, who appears as a panellist on quiz show QI, "just flipped" and "grabbed me by the throat" when he asked him to let him past on the stairs at Swiss Cottage Leisure Centre.

He claims he asked politely but Davies refused to move and when he reached the bottom of the stairs the actor just went for him.

"I managed to push his arm away but he had lost it totally," he said. "He was growling and not making any sense. The only words I heard were, 'I've got my kids with me'."

Staff managed to calm the situation and police were called.

According to the Daily Mail, a Metropolitan Police spokesman confirmed that officers interviewed Davies but there were no arrests.

"No parties involved required hospital treatment. One man, aged 48, was interviewed under caution on suspicion of common assault," the spokesman said.

"He was not arrested. Following an investigation which included analysis of available CCTV and speaking to witnesses, a decision was taken that there would be no further action."

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