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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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301.

ANOTHERANONYMOUS    

WHY DO THE STARS GOT TO ROUGH PUBLIC PLACES THEY ARE JUST ASKING FOR IT!

172 days ago
302.

tmzcommenter    

He was definitely trying to score some drugs. Blind Gossip confirms it: http://blindgossip.com/?p=60...536

172 days ago
303.

annie    

BACK TO REHAB, TODAY, MISTER! don't end up dead from OD. I think he has an issue with something else in his life, and he's afraid to deal with it. Maybe he is BI or Gay and doesn't want all the hateful speech about 'told you so' from people who are miserable, so he escapes his fears doing drugs. Praying he cleans up his situation. :)

172 days ago
304.

Monique     

Come on now! ZAC you are one of the top 3 finest men on the planet.............knock this sh!t off!!!!!!

172 days ago
305.

wyldmutt    

If he was under the Harbor freeway he was miles from skid row. More like he was near the "pico-union" area that is near staple center. a place drugs are easy to get.

172 days ago
306.

funnybunny    

The three " sketchy transients" could be arrested for a hate crime. Isn't it against the law to bash gays ? I'm just asking here.

172 days ago
307.

ScoobyDoo22    

Third rule of fight club...blame injuries on a puddle.

172 days ago
308.

Socalpimp    

another celebrity obviously buying drugs gets off froma disorderly conduct charge....any regular citizen would have been arrested.

172 days ago
309.

Peter Lillo    

He should have told those Democrats that he was from
Hollywood, than they would have left him alone.

172 days ago
310.

Mangymutt    

sounds like someone is back on the drugs. Why would you be sitting under a bridge at midnight with a bodyguard? Really officer, I ran out of gas in a well known drug area and was waiting for a tow. hmmmm. Sounds a tad bit fishy, just like Eddie Murphy's excuse as to why he was caught picking up a transsexual hooker, just being a good samaritan and giving a woman a ride home at 2am.

172 days ago
311.

AspenMtnLvr    

Ran out of gas ? Find your brain !

172 days ago
312.

Jules    

Smart (not)...they may have money for drugs but not for the gas to get there. Hope he gets help soon and doesn't end up like Juaqin Phoenix and others that died young and needlessly doing drugs. He should realize how lucky and fortunate he is to have a career, especially when there are tons of other people trying to make it in Hollywood. Wake up, dude, before it's too late. Drugs will also prematurely age you and fry your brain. Don't be a moron.

172 days ago
313.

maguuilar4077    

Oh please! They were looking for drugs!!!

172 days ago
314.

Coast    

I give no ****s about the story (glad Zac's ok though), but "mutual combat"?! That's a thing? That sounds like complete bs....

172 days ago
315.

Coast    

I could care less about this story (I'm glad Zac's ok though), but "mutual combat"? That's a thing?! Sounds fishy to me...

172 days ago
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