Bad Omen for child film star
The child actor who played Damien in the 1970s horror film The Omen was given a suspended prison sentence – on Friday the 13th.
Harvey Stephens, 46, punched two cyclists in a road-rage attack, leaving one of them unconscious.
He pleaded guilty to two counts of ABH and one of causing criminal damage following the attack in Kent in August last year.
Prosecutor Kieran Brand told Maidstone Crown Court Stephens repeatedly used his horn when riders Mark Richardson and Alex Manley – who did not know each other – were side-byside as one overtook the other.
Mr Richardson responded by gesturing at Stephens, who accelerated heavily before overtaking the pair and pulling over.
Mr Brand said Stephens punched Mr Richardson, knocking him unconscious, which then prompted Mr Manley to intervene.
Stephens responded by asking Mr Manley: “You want some do you?” before punching him twice in the face, causing him to fall.
Stephens then held him down and punched him six or seven times.
Mr Richardson was taken to hospital suffering a broken tooth root.
Stephens was given 12 months jail, suspended for two years, for the ABH, and two months jail, suspended for two years, for criminal damage. He must do 150 hours of community service and pay each victim £1,000. In an interview 10 years ago, Stephens said he was chosen for a role in The Omen ahead of 500 child actors. His film career was short-lived and he then worked in the City.
Harvey Spencer Stephens