(StraightNews.org) – Actor Ian Zierling described an encounter with a group of mini bike riders on social media, which he said was alarming and unsettling. The star, who rose to fame playing Steve Sandler in the 1990s teen drama Beverly Hills 90210, said that while driving in Los Angeles, he got stuck in a traffic jam and a group of mini bike riders damaged his car. Zierling said the riders were carelessly zipping in and out between vehicles, resulting in damage to his car.
He described how he left his vehicle to assess the harm and this led to a “physical altercation.” On his Instagram account, he wrote, “The incident has left me deeply concerned about the growing boldness of such groups who disrupt public safety and peace.”
The actor went on to say that the underlying causes of aggressive behavior and lawlessness must be addressed and urged city officials to “take decisive action.” He added that responses to unlawful behavior by authorities are often “insufficient.”
The Los Angeles Times reported the incident and said Ziering had engaged in a “street brawl” with several people. The Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) confirmed that a battery report was taken following the event, which occurred near Hollywood Boulevard and Highland Avenue. Mr. Ziering was listed as the victim of an offense on police documents.
LAPD Officer Norma Eisenman told the LA Times that officers received a call about a number of bikers driving recklessly in the area at around 3 pm on New Year’s Eve. Video footage showed Ziering approaching one of the bikers and appearing to shove them before more riders joined in, prompting the actor to flee the scene.
Photos and video footage posted online showed bike riders smashing Ziering’s car with helmets while his 10-year-old daughter Penna was inside. A further clip shows him comforting the child, who was visibly shaken and tearful.
The group of bikers appeared to have a leader who was seen apparently directing the aggressive behavior.
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