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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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Jenny    

Zack you have the potential for Tom Cruise status (before he became a big mouth idiot) please don't mess this up with your issues.

This sounds like a drug deal gone bad to me.

189 days ago
347.

Eye roll     

I love Zachary. He's a cutie

189 days ago
348.

Jleigh    

Lindsay Brohan

189 days ago
349.

StevieB    

Zak and Justin are cut from the same cloth. They ought to hook up!

189 days ago
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JT    

Zac you CAN kick this bad habit.... you know you can..have faith...God bless.

189 days ago
351.

There's a problem here    

Drug run.

189 days ago
352.

SouthernDude    

Since when is stabbing someone three times considered.."Mutual Combat"

189 days ago
353.

Bobc    

These guys are actors. They go into the real world and catch a beating. To bad for them.

189 days ago
354.

Kelly    

So what happened to the bodyguard? Was he able to fight off the attackers?

189 days ago
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ev    

seems like maybe he was lookin to score some stuff.. god he is too young and talented to keep this crap up.. cut it out and get your head in the game again man!!

189 days ago
356.

Mark Magrudder    

Finally someone to hang out with Justin Bieber. BWAAHAAAHAA

189 days ago
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ROBERTANGEL    

Zacs on that yale.. he need to be kool.. its dangerous in that part of downtown.. he'll come out wearing a skirt sittin on a curb.

189 days ago
358.

maye    

A little fame and fortune and it all goes to his head.
Where are his elders?

189 days ago
359.

Douglas Nadeau    

I don't believe it. The line to punch him in the face had to be longer than three.

189 days ago
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Tom D    

Stop the gay bashing!

189 days ago
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