Richard Belzer: Apple Store Employee ‘Was Trying to Shake Me Down’

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Actor and comedian Richard Belzer, who is best known for the role of detective John Munch on the “Law & Order” TV series, on Thursday discussed an incident at a Manhattan Apple store the previous day that resulted in an employee calling the police. Officers reviewed the store’s security footage and declined to press charges against Mr. Belzer, who now thinks that he was targeted for a shakedown.

The employee, Milan Agnew, said that when she approached the actor to offer sales assistance, he grabbed her shoulders, shook her, choked her, and yelled “I need help!” She then called 911.

Mr. Belzer admitted he put his hands on her shoulders, but said that was the extent of his actions. “I didn’t scream. I didn’t choke her. Go to the videotape. The police did. A bunch of New York’s Finest reviewed the tape, and they saw that there was nothing,” he told the Daily News. “I was not charged. There is no charge.”

He added: “I guess she was trying to shake me down. She clearly knew who I was. Sometimes when you are a celebrity, people try to take advantage of you.”

Comments

Jon

Why wasn’t Detective Tuotola backing him up?

FlipFriddle

Or Detective Pembleton, up visiting from Baltimore.

Lee Dronick

Why wasn?t Detective Tuotola backing him up?

He had TimeMachine turned off.

Bosco (Brad Hutchings)

Put your hands on my shoulders.
Shake me violently, choke me.
Tell me you need help, I’ll call the police.
Put your hands on my shoulders.

Put your hands on my shoulders.
I’ll shake you down, you ce-lebrity.
Take your money and buy an iPhone for me.
Just put your hands on my shoulders.

geoduck

Jon said:Why wasn?t Detective Tuotola backing him up?
He had TimeMachine turned off.

Now that’s funny!

John Martellaro

Bosco—that was great!

jkwilliams

Survey:

When was the last time any one of us put our hands on the shoulders of a store employee?

Or, when was the last time we saw someone else put their hands on the shoulders of a store employee?

What kind of behavior is that action? It’s a physically controlling act regardless of the words spoken between strangers.

Food for thought…..

geoduck

When was the last time any one of us put our hands on the shoulders of a store employee?

Quite right. Even the innocent have the right to be stupid and someone in Mr. Belzer’s position should know better. Heck a cheeseburger knows not to touch someone you don’t know out in a public place. He did something stupid, she overreacted. Everyone’s fortunate there were security cameras to help sort it out.

Jim

Belzer tried to choke me too. The man is a monster.

dhp

Heck a cheeseburger knows not to touch someone you don?t know out in a public place.

Uh, public is better than private, isn’t it? I mean for people it is, maybe not cheeseburgers. Belzer’s lucky it was in a space with cameras.

Bosco (Brad Hutchings)

Piped into their ear pieces… Attention employees, this is the store manager. Carry on like you don’t hear me. I think we have a celebrity about to enter the store.

Yes, it’s Richard Belzer of TV’s Law & Order. OK, the database says he is kind of a hothead, and our Genius Bar records indicate that he isn’t too slick with his iPhone. I think we’re gonna ignore him. He’s wearing a blue collared shirt.

Milan, that’s him talking to you. Pretend he isn’t there.

Belzer: Excuse me Ma’am? I can’t find any more swimsuit calendar apps in the App Store. I was hoping you could help me find them. Also, I really need a WiFi detector.

Oh, we’ve got him. Look past his face like he isn’t there, Milan. You’re doing great. You might win an Oscar for this, or at least get a few G’s when he goes nuts. Wait for it…

Belzer puts his hands on employee’s shoulders. Shakes her to get her attention.

Belzer: Hey! I need help! Are you gonna help me?

Got him! Dialing 911 right now. Milan, back away and make your way to the back office. Jim, you guard the stairs. Kevin, lock the restrooms. Good work team!

cb50dc

Here’s hoping this one gets ripped from the headlines and onto my DVR some Wednesday night soon.

Tiger

She just didn’t want to get Munsched.

Jeremiah Bullfrog

What kind of behavior is that action? It?s a physically controlling act regardless of the words spoken between strangers.

oh fuck off!

Kid Sister to a Comdian

“When was the last time any one of us put our hands on the shoulders of a store employee?...What kind of behavior is that action? It?s a physically controlling act regardless of the words spoken between strangers.”  Depends on culture.

I have personally met Richard Belzer and Harlee McBride. They are the kindest couple I know. They were willing to meet a stranger who simply needed encouragement in writing and acting.  Richard and Harlee spend half their time in France. In both France and in the culture of acting, personal space is closer.

This is clearly a case of mis-communication and cultural differences, not threats or ?battery? to anyone. Case in point: I was involved in a similar incident after my first trip to France. I had become accustomed to France?s culture of closeness without feeling threatened. Returning to the Midwest, I was in culture shock at how estranged we are from each other as Americans. Unfortunately, my event was not caught on tape. I was charged with ?disorderly conduct? in a retail store and sent to anger management class.

The surveillance tape speaks for itself that he didn?t choke her and that his intentions were not harmful.  He did apologize for how his actions were perceived: that Ms Agnew misunderstood his intentions and felt her personal space had been threatened.

Kind Regards,
Katie Kat

Kid Sister to a Comedian

hey… I need to fix my name so it Googles… lol.

Seriously - “Piped into their ear pieces? Attention employees, this is the store manager. Carry on like you don?t hear me. I think we have a celebrity about to enter the store.

Yes, it?s Richard Belzer of TV?s Law & Order. OK, the database says he is kind of a hothead, and our Genius Bar records indicate that he isn?t too slick with his iPhone. I think we?re gonna ignore him. He?s wearing a blue collared shirt.”

Che Bosco has a good viewpoint going there… thanks for the laughter.

Katie Kat

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