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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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488 COMMENTS

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316.

dee    

He was there for drugs Sex or he is gay looking for sex.

179 days ago
317.

Q'Ster    

Never under estimate a homless person?

Q

179 days ago
318.

Jim McMahon    

Hey Zac, ya might wan't to consider getting a bodyguard that actually protects you. Just sayin......

179 days ago
319.

Dan     

So how far away was this incident from The Midtowne Spa?

179 days ago
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Bianca Gonzalez    

Very unfortunate to hear and I hope Zac Efron and his bodyguard are doing well. I do think that maybe this wouldn't of happened if you didn't liter Zac!! There are consequences when you harm mother earth!!

179 days ago
321.

Warren    

I don't understand why he had to go Downtown to get his drugs. The suburbs always had the better grade of drugs and you dealt with clean cut people. At least that is how it was for me in the 80s.

179 days ago
322.

Arlene54    

TOO bad it wasn't Justin Beiber!!

179 days ago
323.

rjp    

Need to look for drugs in more secure places. Poor, poor pitiful Hollywood rich kids.

179 days ago
324.

Arlene54    

TOO bad it wasn't Justin Bieber!!!

179 days ago
325.

bree_zee    

Zac .....River Phoenix. Heath Leger. Phillip Seymore Hoffman. John Belushi. Corey Monteith. Kurt Cobain. Billie Holliday.

Do you really want to end up like these folks? You have it all. Don't blow it.

179 days ago
326.

msburton24    

Noooo, not Zac!!!

179 days ago
327.

Jenagain    

Why does the welcome screen say "beaten"? He was punched in the mouth.

179 days ago
328.

Cookie    

DA.

179 days ago
329.

stan    

He dies he dies . No loss

179 days ago
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Cheryl    

So he threw a bottle out the window? Who told him it was ok to litter? Had he simply saved it and done the right thing by throwing in a trash receptacle, we would not have ever been reading this story. Shame on you, Zac. Just because you are famous does not mean it is ok to litter.

179 days ago
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