Man in court over ear bite on TV actor

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A 32-year-old man has appeared in court accused of biting off part of former Casualty actor Clive Mantle’s ear.

Philip McGilvray, of Hamilton, Scotland, appeared at Newcastle Magistrates’ Court charged with wounding with intent.

He is accused of attacking Mantle, who has also appeared in the hit US TV show Game Of Thrones, at a Travelodge on Newcastle’s Quayside on Sunday March 24.

The 55-year-old actor, who is 6ft 5ins tall, was appearing in a touring production of The Ladykillers and it was believed the attack happened after he asked other guests to keep the noise down.

McGilvray did not enter a plea and the case was sent to Newcastle Crown Court for a hearing on April 26. He was granted bail with conditions, one of which bars him from licensed premises.

McGilvray covered his face with a hat and scarf as he left court and was driven away in a hatchback.

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