Zayn Malik was caught on camera exchanging blows with a reveler in a very tense stand-off in the street outside a bar in New York.
The incident which took place on Thursday shows the former One Director member getting into a verbal altercation with a man who exited the Little Sister Lounge, which was next door to where Malik was standing, according to TMZ.
The video obtained by TMZ has since gone viral. Sources told the outlet that Malik, whose girlfriend Gigi Hadid was not with him, was smoking a cigarette when an unknown man tried picking a fight with the “Dusk Till Dawn” singer.
Shocking video footage shows Malik, 28, becoming visibly enraged and starts swearing at the unidentified man outside Amsterdam Billiards Club in East Village.
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According to TMZ, the singer was smoking outside the venue at 2 am when the group of men left a neighboring bar.
Suddenly, one man lunged at Malik, who was separated from the man by people seemingly part of his team.
In response, Malik to started hurling insults dropping the F-bomb occasionally. Malik is heard repeatedly shouting “what the fuck are you talking about” at him.
The man then shouts a homophobic slur at Malik, who responds with further insults including calling the man a “bastard.” The short video shows Malik become increasingly angry during the confrontation as other members of the group try to break up the situation.
The establishment’s co-owner told Page Six that it’s unclear what caused the man to take offense, but suggested it might have had something to do with requesting a photo.
“Zayn is in here a lot and we absolutely love having him. He was here for a few hours playing pool and ping-pong with a bunch of people, and there were no problems,” he said.
“I heard that the [scuffle] started over the guy wanting a photo, but I’m not sure. It happened outside,” he added, quipping: “We gave him an Amsterdam Billiards T-shirt and are bummed he wasn’t wearing it outside.”
Although there was no physical altercation and police intervention wasn’t required, TMZ mentioned that it was unclear why Malik had his shirt off as sources said he was wearing it while inside the bar.
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