HOLLYWOOD -British character actors Ray Winstone and Tom Wilkinson were arrested in the early hours of Friday morning when police found the pair battered and bloodied having apparently fought in a car park behind Barnie’s Burger Grill in West Hollywood.

Friends of the two actors immediately leaped to their defense saying that bare knuckle fights were a regular occurrence. 

Richard E. Grant, who arrived at the police station to bail out his friends, spoke to waiting reporters:

Tom and Ray are best of friends, even though they are often up for the same roles. A party isn’t a party for the Jolly Bastards if at some point Ray and Tom don’t strip down to their undies and go at it, like they were back at the illegal East End boxing clubs where they first made their reputations. The number of times I’ve had to sew Ray’s ear back on…!

However, some witnesses said the fight seemed anything but friendly. Barnie’s regular, Donna Flagrance said:

The limey began to rail at the other limey, something about why doesn’t he get on Noah’s boat and wouldn’t let up, though the other limey was getting obviously upset and started shouting something about wanting ‘The Full Monty’. Before anyone could stop them they had both stripped down to their knickers and were knocking the stuffing out of each other.  

Ray Winstone and Tom Wilkinson both refused to talk with the press but have been cautioned.