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Jonathan Creek ate my ear

May 18 2009
Up the Creek Up the Creek
"My name‘s Alan. You know my name - Alan. What‘s my name? It‘s Alan" A homeless man was attacked, sustaining ear injuries, by actor Alan Davies outside a nightclub in the busy streets of West End in December. Paul McElfatrick, who makes his living by entertaining tourists, was left bleeding after drunken Mr Davies lashed out at him for being called by his character's name, Jonathan Creek. CCTV footage showed Davies outside Groucho Club biting Mr McElfatrick's ear for 13 seconds before being pulled away by friends. The victim, 40, told a local newspaper: "I thought he was going to whisper something, but his face darkened and he almost spat out the words, 'My name's Alan. You know my name - Alan. What's my name? It's Alan.' Then he suddenly went for my left ear. It was incredibly painful. I shrieked and my eyes were watering. He hung on and drew blood." The 41-year-old actor admitted to having "a tussle," but claimed he was provoked by Mr McElfatrick. He said he did not realise the man was homeless and put his actions down to excessive drinking after delivering the eulogy at the funeral of Jonathan Creek producer Verity Lambert.