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Actor Danny Trejo in July 4th Parade Brawl Over Water Balloon

Danny Trejo

Actor Danny Trejo was involved in a fight during an Independence Day Parade in Los Angeles, with the incident captured on video.

Witnesses report that Trejo was riding in a vintage convertible when a paradegoer threw a water balloon at him, which struck the vehicle and exploded.

Several videos shared on social media depict Trejo, who is 80 years old, stepping out of the car amidst a crowd of children and parents, walking to the sidewalk, and throwing a left hook at a man.

His target countered, knocking Trejo to the ground. Trejo quickly regained his footing and attempted to hit someone with a folding chair, as shown in the video.

“There were a lot of people between him and the people who threw the water balloon,” said Arnie Abramyan, a local resident who posted footage of the altercation and lives in the Sunland-Tujunga neighborhood where the parade was held, to the Los Angeles Times. “He was just upset. He was yelling, screaming, mad and was trying to get to the guy who threw the water balloon.”

Other people got involved in the scuffle, including some who restrained the actor.

In the aftermath, local resident James Spishak questioned Trejo’s decision to confront the alleged instigator over a water balloon. Spishak told the Times that he saw Trejo push women out of the way to get into the crowd, where bystanders, including children, were watching the parade. Spishak said when he tried to break up the skirmish, the “Heat” actor slapped him.

“It could’ve gotten really ugly,” said Spishak, who emphasized that he’s a fan of Trejo. “It would’ve never happened if he stayed in the car.”

Law enforcement told TMZ that the crowd had dispersed by the time officers arrived. No arrests were made, and no serious injuries were reported.

Trejo told KTLA he spent his youth in and out of prison before finding acting. He has since appeared in numerous box office hits, often portraying a gangster or tough guy in movies that include the “Machete” franchise, “From Dusk Till Dawn,” and “Once Upon a Time in Mexico.” He has parlayed his successful acting career into other fields.

In recent years, he has opened restaurants, donut shops, and coffee shops, launched a beer label, and published a memoir, “Trejo: My Life of Crime, Redemption, and Hollywood,” in 2021.

In a conversation with TMZ, Trejo called the parade incident “childish” and described those who threw the water balloon at him as “cowards.”

KTLA reached out to Trejo’s management for comment but has not yet received a response.

Source: KTLA, Los Angeles Times, TMZ