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Woman trainer rescues Crowe from brawl
September 18 2002

Gladiator star Russell Crowe had to be rescued from a bar room brawl by a female karate champion, it was reported yesterday.

Crowe, 38, who is notorious for his hot temper, challenged a group of drinkers in the Mexican resort of Rosarita Beach to a fight after one of them taunted him, British newspaper the Daily Star said.

The movie star looked as if he was set for a beating until his personal trainer, Lourene Bevaart stepped in.

Bevaart, a five-times world karate champion, floored three of the fighters before dragging a sheepish Crowe to safety.

"Lourene punched one guy and pushed a couple of the others to the floor. Russ was lucky she was there," an insider on the set of Crowe's new movie Far Side of the World told the paper.

Note to self. Stay close to Lisamarie when bar-hopping at the next Bears road trip.