Thugs attack Vegas

Comic punched to the ground

A gang of teenage thugs punched Johnny Vegas to the ground after a boozy night ou, it has been reported today.

The comic was heading home at 4am after a night in London’s West End when he was recognized by a group of lads.

A source told the Mirror’s 3am column: "They recognised Johnny from TV and one of them asked, in a seemingly jokey manner, if Johnny would pay for all their cab fares."

He refused – and their jovial mood evaporated.

"The ringleader started getting really aggressive,” the paper’s unnamed source said. “He said,  ‘You earn more than us so you can pay'.

Johnny then reportedly told the group to go home to their mums, prompting them to start screaming ‘vile abuse’. One of them then landed a punch on his jaw.

The source said: "The right hook shocked him so much he wobbled a bit and then fell back into the road.

"He landed just a few inches from the wheels of a London bus. It could have been very serious indeed."

Passers-by then stepped in and chased the thugs off.

Published: 30 May 2005

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