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Russell defuses violent act with top-dollar payout

Russell Crowe has reached an amicable settlement with the New York hotel clerk he was charged with assaulting earlier this year. Russell allegedly hit Nestor Estrada in the face with a telephone during a late-night altercation in June and was officially charged with one count of second-degree assault. Russell has since publicly apologised to the clerk and his own family for his violent actions, which escalated after the star failed to get a working telephone line to his wife Danielle in Australia, while staying at the oercer Hotel. The actor has reportedly agreed to pay $100,000.

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