Wild Dog – Actor Who Plays Wilfred Must Pay A$325,000
Actor Jason Gann, who plays the talking dog on the comedy Wilfred (both in the Australian original version and in the American remake that airs on FX), was ordered by court to pay A$325,000 to a bus driver he attacked, back in 2007.
The driver, Joseph Hosny, suffered depression after the assault, which was triggered after Gann was refused a seat at a Melbourne race course.
He pleaded guilty in 2008, but he was spared a conviction so he could continue his acting career in the US.
The description of the assault is quite detailed:
Mr Gann punched the shuttle driver repeatedly in the head.
Passengers pushed Mr Gann from the bus, but he returned, tried to rip Mr Hosny from the driver’s seat and punched him again.
Mr Gann got off the bus but then tried to open the driver’s door and punched the window until Mr Hosny drove away.
The driver was unable to work, had split from wife and was living in cheap accommodation after having to sell his home.
“He is homeless, scared of people, has panic attacks and suicidal thoughts,” Justice Davis said in her judgment.
“I take into account that Mr Hosny is 50 years old and must live with the consequences of the assault for the rest of his life.”
The second season of Wilfred will premiere on June 28, on FX. Let’s hope the dog will be in a better mood by then.