Movie Rage Results In Man's Battery Arrest
Patron is doused with soda after asking for quiet
OCTOBER 5--A moviegoer was jailed early Sunday morning for battery after allegedly dumping a large soda on a fellow patron who asked him to be quiet during a screening of the horror film “The Green Inferno.”
According to Florida cops, James Wortman, a 44-year-old convicted felon, and his girlfriend were talking during the movie when Michael Denninger, who was seated with his wife behind the duo, asked them to “stop talking so they could watch the movie without interruption.”
Wortman, cops noted, initially quieted down, but again began talking with his girlfriend, prompting Denninger to again request silence. This time, Wortman allegedly rose from his seat and began yelling and cursing at Denninger. He also “took a full large soda and threw it onto Denninger,” an arrest affidavit reports.
Wortman and his girlfriend Jennifer Yancy then left the AMC Indian River 24 complex and departed in their car, which had been parked outside a TGI Fridays at the Indian River Mall in Vero Beach.
After cops caught up to the vehicle, Wortman said that he had been told to “shut the fuck up” during the movie. He claimed that when he got up from his seat, soda in hand, he “tripped due to wearing flip flops thus causing the soda to spill onto Denninger.”
Yancy, however, did not stick to the flip flop story, telling cops that Wortman intentionally doused Denninger after being told to shut up.
Pictured above, Wortman was arrested on a battery charge and booked into the county jail. He was released early yesterday after posting $500 bond. He is due in court October 27 on the misdemeanor count.
Records show that Wortman’s rap sheet includes numerous felony and misdemeanor collars, including four separate arrests this year. His 2015 docket contains charges for narcotics possession, possession of a weapon by a convicted felon, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, and battery on a victim over the age of 65. Wortman is listed as a lawn maintenance worker in jail records.
Directed by Eli Roth, “The Green Inferno” follows a group of student activists as they travel from New York City in a bid to help save the Amazon rain forest. Instead, most of the deserving collegians receive a first-person lesson in cannibalism. (2 pages)