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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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76.

William Rogers    

Oh c'mon..do we really have to ask....?

188 days ago
77.

jtoose    

Who?

188 days ago
78.

LB    

Dude, you have money for people to actually bring this junk to you if that's the life you want. Why would you risk going to those areas yourself?

188 days ago
79.

RunnersHi5    

Transients are strong.

188 days ago
80.

Menasha    

You deserve it for littering. People who use the world as their trashbin should have no protection.

188 days ago
81.

Dobbins    

Here we go again...another David Cassidy I fear...or worse.

188 days ago
82.

SoManyIdiots    

Is it a legitimate drug problem that the guy has, or is this another Bieber-like attempt at an image change? Isn't he a former Disney Channel kid? Teeny bopper like Bieber, trying to change his image?

188 days ago
83.

LB    

Another issue is these so called rehabs these celebs go to. How are you suppose to kick a serious habit in a couple of weeks? That junk is just for show, they not getting real help. You need to be there for months and then NOT be around the same people who hung out with before.

188 days ago
84.

Rachel Nicole    

Ran out of gas? More like ran out of glass...

188 days ago
85.

notch hip austin    

When you dont buy enough coke for the whole night you run out. When you run out you go to skid row to buy more. When you go to skid row to buy more, they sell you sheetrock. When you discover it is sheetrock, you circle back around and chuck a bottle. When you circle back around and chuck a bottle, you wake up with a black eye and cotton mouth. Dont wake up with a black eye and cotton mouth...

188 days ago
86.

Heather    

Drugs are bad, mmkay?

188 days ago
87.

Captain Hook    

Never heard of him. I thought it was that little Canadian dude, Justin Berber. Hope he was cited for littering. Other than that, sounds like a drug deal gone bad.

188 days ago
88.

fantasyva    

Another "sensitive artist" we're supposed to feel sorry for? Dude, why are you buying your **** in the Bowery? Isn't that what you have a manager for? Pathetic, another Charlie Sheen wannabe.....

188 days ago
89.

KW    

Zac, your nine live are almost up! Stop insulting our intelligence.

188 days ago
90.

Faith    

Looks like the Universe fined him for .. littering :P

188 days ago
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