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Dustin Lance Black and Reality Star Trade Charges in Bar Incident

Tom Daley and Dustin Lance Black
From left: Tom Daley and Dustin Lance Black photographed by Andrew Matthews-Pool/Getty Images

Black was with his husband Tom Daley.

Oscar-winning screenwriter Dustin Lance Black has alleged that British reality TV star Teddy Edwardes punched him in a London bar, while she has claimed he threw a drink at her.

The incident happened early Thursday morning at a bar called Freedom, according to several U.K. news sources. Black was with his husband, Olympic diver Tom Daley, on a date night without their 4-year-old son, Robbie.

Edwardes, the owner of the party planning agency Lick and host of The Big Proud Party Agency, said on social media that Black and Daley had sat down with her, and Black became upset when she asked another person to leave their table. He threw his drink at her "pretty much unprovoked," she said in a social media post. "I didn't have a drink to throw back so I did choose violence, but I wasn't that violent, he got a little tap on the head," she added.

However, someone described as "a source close to" Black and Daley told U.K. tabloid The Sun, "Someone punched Lance in the back of the head, the person who punched him was removed from Freedom by security who checked CCTV, it was reported to police who are looking into it."

Edwardes was indeed removed from the bar, according to the paper. She said that Black called the incident a "targeted attack" and that Daley "was lovely throughout."

London police gave this statement to LGBTQ+ publication Metro: "At 00:19hrs on Thursday, 18 August police were called to a licensed premises in Wardour Street, W1 following reports of an altercation between two customers. Officers attended and spoke to those involved. Both parties, a 48-year-old man and a 32-year-old woman, made allegations of common assault. There were no reports of any injuries and no arrests. Enquiries are ongoing."

Black won an Academy Award for writing the 2008 film Milk, a biopic about martyred gay politician Harvey Milk. He has written other films, including J. Edgar, and miniseries, such as When We Rise and Under the Banner of Heaven. Daley won a gold medal with diving partner Matty Lee at the Olympics in Tokyo last year.

Daley's representatives declined comment to Metro, which has also sought comment from Black and received no response. The Advocate is seeking comment from both as well.

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