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Paul Rodriguez -- Water War Turns Violent

6/19/2009 11:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Comedian Paul Rodriguez got into it with a Fresno local over the state's water distribution system -- and the stand-off erupted into a one-sided shoving match.




It all went down yesterday outside of the Tower Theatre, where Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger was speaking about the water issue. The showdown with Rodriguez broke out when a farmer interrupted the comedian's interview and accused the Paul -- who's also chairman of the California Latino Water Coalition -- of "betraying the people."

From what we can tell, the man was upset because he felt Rodriguez was not doing enough to help valley farmers facing a water shortage.

Pushes were thrown, but we're told no cops were called.

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