Former Casualty star Clive Mantle has told how he had a chunk of his ear bitten off after asking fellow hotel guests to keep the noise down.
The actor fought back tears yesterday as he told jurors how he saw his ear lying on the carpet after the attack at a Newcastle Travelodge.
Prosecutors say Mr Mantle, who had been staying at the Quayside hotel for six days while performing at the Theatre Royal, was asleep at around 4.30am when he was woken by Philip McGilvray and Alan French in the corridor outside his room.
The court heard the actor asked the pair to pipe down, which they did, but they later made more noise and started shouting about him complaining and mocking his appearance, as he stood in his pyjamas and T-shirt with a “Jimmy Edwards-style” moustache he had grown for his role.
He decided to head to the reception desk to report the disturbance, but, as he walked to get past them, he realised “the game had changed”.
Mr Mantle claimed the two men stood up to block his path so he put his hands out to force a gap. He said: “Immediately, my arms were caught. I had one man on each arm and I couldn’t free myself.”
Eventually, he said, he was brought to the ground with a bang, and his face was pressed against the carpet. French was pinning him down, he said, and McGilvray was to his side.
Mr Mantle said: “The next thing I was aware of was a pain in my left ear which triggered a massive response within me. I said ‘you are biting my ******* ear’.
“The adrenaline it gave me enabled me to rip my right hand away. The only thing I could do is put my thumb in his eye socket to make him release.”
After staggering to his feet, he saw there was blood all over him. He said: “I looked down on the floor and there was my ear lying on the carpet. That brings things into focus.”
Prosecutor Jolyon Perks said McGilvray and French, both from Scotland, had been in Newcastle socialising with friends.
Jurors were told McGilvray accepts biting the ear but claims he was acting in self defence.
McGilvray, 33, and French, 32, of both of Hamilton, deny inflicting grievous bodily harm with intent.
The trial continues.