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Zac Efron

Attacked After Midnight in Downtown L.A.

3/27/2014 3:20 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Zac Efron FightZac Efron mysteriously ended up in a bad area of downtown L.A. just after midnight Sunday ... and ended up getting violently socked in the mouth by a sketchy transient ... law enforcement sources tell TMZ.

We're told cops were on patrol under the Harbor Freeway when they saw Zac and a man he identified as his bodyguard.  Cops saw Zac and the other guy in a full-blown melee with at least 3 other people. 

After breaking up the fight, cops questioned Zac. He told them they had run out of gas and were sitting in the car.  Zac said while waiting for a tow truck they threw a bottle out the window -- he never said what was in the bottle -- and it smashed on the pavement near a group of transients.

Zac said the transients confronted him and the bodyguard because they believed the pair hurled the bottle at them. Zac says 2 of the transients attacked the bodyguard and when Zac got out of the car to help, he got cold cocked in the mouth. Zac said, "It was the hardest I've ever been hit in my life."

You'll recall ... Zac mysteriously broke his jaw in November, saying he slipped on a pool of water in his home.  Zac was in rehab twice last year for cocaine abuse.

The area where this occurred is rough. Cops are on high alert for drug deals and gangs.  One source says Zac was "obviously intoxicated."

Law enforcement tells TMZ ... no one was arrested because they viewed it as "mutual combat." 

We contacted Zac's rep ... so far no comment.

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286.

trish    

His story don't sound right...bet it was a drug deal went bad.

179 days ago
287.

jaba    

Run out of gas? Please!!!!! He's probably looking for drugs or is looking to hook up with some strange guy for sex!

179 days ago
288.

Donna Harris    

I guess he had nothing better to do, other than to make a drug run....get of of it Zac!

179 days ago
289.

dawn    

Socked ? was there a Biff, and a Bam after the sock ?

179 days ago
290.

DougDiPlacido    

Moral of the story--don't litter!

179 days ago
291.

Chica    

It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out why he was in Skid Row.

179 days ago
292.

John Gesselberty    

Fame. Learn to deal with it, before it kills you.

179 days ago
293.

Ashleigh    

He was out the to score drugs.

179 days ago
294.

yúp    

It's time that he comes out of the closet and deals with gay issues like the rest of the WORLD! Federal repeal of DOMA!

179 days ago
295.

Robert    

Harv, the real question here is, who's the real low life in this story? Littering, Buying dope, Doing dope, drinking, Degrading human beings, and just plain being stupid.

179 days ago
296.

JoJo    

I don't care about this POS but If you truly weren't aiming at the transients, you're littering *******. Stop it. Find a trashcan.

179 days ago
297.

Brien    

Let's be honest, he was out looking to score drugs. Who does this kid think he's fooling.

179 days ago
298.

baby    

white boy went slumming to find him some crack. soon we will read about him getting murdered in the ghetto or OD's

179 days ago
299.

GG    

What's funny is, this kid seems to think that he's going to be in the next Star Wars movie.

179 days ago
300.

Carolyn    

He ran out of gas and he and his bodyguard never check before they went out

179 days ago
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