TV STAR Craig Palm, admired by viewers for his powerful portrayals of thugs, has now been accused of imitating his scripted characters long after the cameras have stopped rolling.
His accuser, Jamaine Zharnney, alleges that the Zone 14 actor head-butted him and smashed his face with an empty bottle at the end of last year.
The attack allegedly occurred in the early hours of December 22 at Capello in Newtown, Johannesburg.
Palm was arrested a few days later before being granted R1000 bail.
The trial opened yesterday in the Johannesburg magistrate's court with Palm pleading not guilty to a charge of assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm. .
The apparently booze-fuelled drama started when Zharnney tried to calm down an argument between his friend Rhulani Diseko and Palm.
He testified that Palm pretended to have calmed down only to head-butt Diseko just as the two were about to shake hands.
"He asked me if I wanted some and . then hit me with a bottle in my face."
The case continues on Tuesday.