Injury To Eye Motif Livens Comic-Con Coverage

The Hollywood marketing machine ran full blast at San Diego Comic-Con yesterday, but found itself upstaged this morning by a minor scuffle at a Resident Evil panel. CNN, LA TIMES, USA TODAY and dozens of other news sites led their Sunday Comic-Con coverage with a dodgey story involved a stabbing with an ink-pen.  Some outlets said the victim was stabbed in the eye, some said it was near the eye. Most mentioned a Harry Potter T-shirt soaked in blood. It appears now that most of these reports were based on rumors.

The facts as reported by the LA TIMES were much less sensational :

A man is under arrest for assault with a deadly weapon after getting in a fight with a friend at Comic-Con, according to police.

Around 4:00 p.m., two adult males attending the convention got into a scuffle shortly after a panel in Hall H of the convention center at 111 W. Harbor Drive, San Diego Police Officer David Stafford told KTLA.

The two men got into an argument about one sitting too close to the other, Stafford said, “Two friends had an argument and one guy ended up going to the hospital with a scratch near his eye.”

One of the men reportedly struck the other man near the eye with a pen.

The suspect was arrested and booked for assault with a deadly weapon, Stafford said.

The man who suffered the cut near his eye reportedly asked to be examined at the hospital as a precaution.

Officer Stafford describes most of the attendees of this years Comic-Con as peaceful, saying “They don’t drink, so that cuts down on the fights. I guess the only real problem could be if they manage to meet up with the groups letting out of the bars late at night.”

Rumors circulating the internet of a fan stabbing another attendee in the eye over coveted seats, and of a victim clad in a ” Harry Potter T-shirt soaked in blood,” are inaccurate, according to authorities.

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