Egyptian actor Abdelbari Mancy who is a stunt double in famous Turkish shows got violently beaten on a bus in Istanbul by a man who thought Mancy was a Syrian refugee, Hürriyet daily reported.
Mancy was about to get off a public bus with his older sister, sister-in-law and 3-months-old niece when a man yelled at him.
“Why are you pressing against me?” the man reportedly shouted at Mancy while the latter was getting a stroller ready for his niece.
Mancy told the man he hadn’t touched him but the man’s aggressive behavior ensued and he yelled “Shut up or I’ll shoot you!” to which Mancy responded in Turkish.
“I respect that you’re older, but we’re in front of my family, know your place,” Mancy told the man when he suddenly started punching the actor.
Mancy’s sister and sister-in-law were also punched during the attack and the actor was treated for hours at the hospital for a broken nose and arm.
The attacker reportedly continued to shout profanities as Mancy and his family got off the bus, which is how the actor realized the man had attacked him for thinking he was a Syrian refugee.
“No person deserves this treatment. It doesn’t matter whether you’re Syrian or Egyptian, what matters is that we respect each other,” Mancy said.
Having arrived in Turkey two years ago, Mancy is fluent in Turkish. He was a stunt double in shows like “Payitaht Abdülhamid,” “The Protector,” and “Fighter.”