‘Boardwalk Empire’ Actor Attacked, Hit With A Rock In Central Park

Michael Stuhlbarg
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“Boardwalk Empire” actor Michael Stuhlbarg was attacked by a man with a rock in Central Park over the weekend, per the New York City Police Department.

Police responded around 7:45 p.m. ET Sunday to a “call of an assault in progress in the vicinity of 90th Street and East Drive” near the reservoir in Central Park, per CNN. That’s where they found the 55-year-old celeb who was “struck in the head by an unknown object.”

“A preliminary investigation determined that a 27-year-old male threw a rock, striking the victim in the back of the neck, causing an abrasion,” an NYPD spokesperson said in an email statement to the outlet on Monday.

“The victim chased the 27-year-old male to the front of 9 East 91st Street where uniformed officers took the 27-year-old male into custody without further incident. The victim refused medical attention at the scene,” the statement continued.

Suspected perpetrator Xavier Israel was arraigned on Monday on assault charges and released on bail. He has a court appearance scheduled for April 5.

Stuhlbarg has received several accolades, including two Screen Actors Guild Awards and nominations for two Emmy Awards, a Tony Award, and a Golden Globe Award. He’s best known for his appearances in “Boardwalk Empire,” “The Looming Tower,” and “Dopesick.” The actor has also appeared in Marvel movies, including “Doctor Strange” and “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.”


The attack comes just days after reality star Bethenny Frankel said she was punched in the face by an unknown assailant while walking the streets of New York. 

Frankel responded to fashion design student Mikayla Toninato, who had shared her experience of being “punched in the face” via TikTok, as The Daily Wire previously reported.

“This is insane bc this happened to me a few months ago but I was embarrassed to say,” the 53-year-old reality Frankel shared in a comment last week, which has since been deleted. “I was on the UWS [Upper West Side]. Insane. I was taking video of a bakery.”

Dozens of women have reported similar unprovoked punching attacks in Manhattan. 

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