Russell Crowe pardoned

Actor Russell Crowe has reached an agreement with the hotel worker on the incident of beating.

Few details about the deal, which ends the civil legal action, were released. But the star's publicist said "both sides expressed satisfaction".

In June, Mr Crowe, 41, allegedly struck New York concierge Nestor Estrada with a phone when it did not work.

The Oscar-winner still faces a criminal charge of second degree assault and is due back in court on 14 September, BBC reports.

He has also been charged with fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon - the telephone.

The actor has publicly apologised, telling the Late Show with David Letterman it was one of the "most shameful" situations of his life.

The incident happened in June when Mr Crowe was staying at the Mercer Hotel, having just flown from the UK where he was promoting his boxing movie Cinderella Man.

He said he became frustrated when he could not get through to his wife, Danielle Spencer, at their home in Australia.

He is alleged to have ripped the phone from the wall, taken it down to the lobby area and thrown it in the direction of Mr Estrada.

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