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Actor arrested outside club

Published Oct. 6, 2005

Actor and sometime professional boxer Mickey Rourke was arrested after allegedly threatening police during a shouting match outside his Miami Beach nightclub, police said Thursday.

Rourke, 39, was arrested on a misdemeanor charge of resisting arrest without violence shortly after 3 a.m. Thursday. He was released after posting $500 bail.

The incident occurred at Mickey's Club, which Rourke and his family operate in Miami Beach's trendy Art Deco district.

Rourke called a Thursday evening news conference at the club to defend himself, and said he planned to protest to Miami Beach Mayor Seymour Gelber.

"I did not resist arrest," said the actor, wearing sleeves rolled up to display tattoos on his forearms. "I did not put my hands on anybody, so I'd like to know why did I get arrested?"

Rourke, who has become famous for portraying tough guy characters on film, insisted that the police overstepped their authority.

"I did not curse at the officer. I cursed at the officer when I was locked up, not out here (at the club)," he said.

The club, which boasts of "babes, bikes and more babes" in its advertisements, is decorated to resemble a boxing ring and has become a popular nightspot in Miami Beach.

Detective Al Boza said police arrested several people on various charges after a disturbance broke out at the club.

A short time later, police were called back to calm a heated shouting match involving about 75 people on the street outside the club, Boza said.

As police tried to restore order, Rourke approached and began screaming obscenities at an unidentified woman and her male companion, according to an arrest report that described Rourke as "highly agitated."

"He clenched his fists several times as he confronted others as well as the police," and was arrested when he refused to leave, the report said.

Rourke told the arresting officer "I'd like to meet you alone at a ball park," then threatened to sue the policeman "using a good Jew attorney," the arrest report said.

Rourke, the star of films such as 9{ Weeks, The Pope of Greenwich Village and Barfly, faces up to a year in jail and a maximum fine of $1,000 if convicted.

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