Actor Dev Patel is not just a man of action on the big screen.
On Monday night local time in Australia, Patel, known for his roles in films such as “Slumdog Millionaire” and “Lion”, intervened in what his representatives call “a violent altercation” and successfully de-escalated the situation.
The incident took place in the city of Adelaide around 8:45 p.m. on August 1, according to a press release from South Australia Police. The altercation involved a woman and a man, who started fighting in the street and then continued at a nearby gas station “where witnesses were trying to end the fight,” the statement said.
The woman then allegedly stabbed the man in the chest.
A 32-year-old man was treated at the scene before being taken to the Royal Adelaide Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
According to his representatives, Patel and his friends witnessed the event as it was already underway.
“Dev acted on his natural instincts to try to de-escalate the situation and end the fight,” the statement told CNN. Fortunately, the group succeeded and they stayed on site to ensure that the police and eventually the ambulance arrived. There are no heroes in this situation and unfortunately this particular incident highlights a larger systemic problem facing marginalized members of society who are not treated with the dignity and respect they deserve.”
Patel’s representatives added: “The hope is that the same level of media coverage this story is getting (just because Dev, as a famous person, was involved) can be a catalyst for lawmakers to be compassionate in determining long-term solutions.” to help not just the individuals involved, but the community at large.”
Police attended and arrested a 34-year-old woman in connection with the event.
“The pair are known to each other, and this is not a random incident,” the release said. She is suspected of aggravated assault that caused damage.