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Vinnie Jones in Court to Fight Assault Charges

5/14/2009 1:20 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Vinnie Jones just arrived in a Sioux Falls, SD courtroom to face assault charges for last year's bloody bar-room brawl -- the one where he got bashed in the face with a beer mug.

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Jones was arrested back in December after security footage showed the actor trying to attack a man near the restrooms of a local bar ... all while Vinnie still had glass still stuck in his face from a pummeling he received minutes earlier.

If he's found guilty on all three charges, Vinnie could do three years in a jail and a $1,000 fine.

UPDATE: 2:07 PM PST: State rests its case. The jury has been dismissed and the judge has informed Vinnie he doesn't have to testify if he doesn't want to.

UPDATE: 1:47 PM PST: A police officer testified that Vinnie told him Barrera said "Have you had enough, old man?" before the beatdown.

Everyone just watched the security tape -- the one that shows a mangled, bloody Jones going ballistic on Barrera. The owner of the bar where the fight occurred is now on the stand.

UPDATE: 1:01 PM PST: Barrera hit the stand. The jury was allowed to hear the details of his drug arrest, including how much pot he was caught with and that a gun was found at his apartment. Barrera also admitted to selling his Vinnie fight story to the tabloids.

UPDATE 9:55 AM PST: The jury has been selected and sworn in. Earlier, it was made known that the man Vinnie is accused of assaulting, Juan Trevino-Barrera, is currently in jail after pleading guilty to an unrelated drug charge. Good times.

: Jury selection has begun. We're told a "very, very tanned" Jones is sitting quietly at the defense table -- and he has no visible scars left from the attack.

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As for the Sioux Falls "bashers" it must have been a long ass time since you have been here.... I have lived here most of my (OMG) 40 years of life. Just as in any city (yes I said city) you have the good and bad. I can go to bed at night knowing there will be no drive-by shootings, I can sleep with my windows open and not fear for my life when I hear a noise outside,... you get the idea, I'm sure. If living in a pretty damn safe city makes us boring... well so be it... in your eyes.
It's pretty obvious to me that there are quite a few of "us hicks" in Sioux Falls even get on TMZ to keep up with trivial celebrity gossip... just like YOU!! Yep, were pretty big hicks... whatever!!
As for Vinnie, looks as though he picked the wrong bar on the wrong night and ran into one of the losers that THINKS he lives like a thug in a bigger city.... just like you find at any bar in any city in the USA... and testosterone and booze got the best of both of them. (oh ya, sounds like some drugs too eh?)
Sioux Falls is a great place... sorry to see that Vinnie came here for some relaxation and ended up in the predicament he's in. As the saying goes tho.... it takes two to tango.

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