A dwarf facing life in a wheelchair after being tossed in a random attack blames England rugby players’ Queenstown bar shenanigans.
Dwarf Martin Henderson suffered injuries to his back and legs after being violently picked up and dropped while having a smoke outside a pub in Somerset, Britain’s Daily Mail newspaper reports.
Henderson, who is 1.27 metres tall, says his legs went numb after the callous attack on the night of his birthday.
The 37-year-old, who believes his injuries may put an end to his promising acting career, says the random attack could have been inspired by news stories about the English players’ wild night out in Queenstown during the Rugby World Cup in September.
“The England players had been in trouble for going to a dwarf tossing event and this might have given this guy the idea,” Henderson tells the Daily Mail.
At the time, British newspapers reported that players including star midfielder Mike Tindall – recently married to royal Zara Phillips – attended a dwarf-tossing competition at Queenstown’s Altitude bar.
It was actually a horizontal bungy competition held as part of the bar’s “Mad Midget Weekend” and involved a travelling dwarf troupe hired as entertainment from Australia.
CCTV footage from inside the bar – later uploaded to YouTube – showed Tindall cavorting with a blonde ex-girlfriend whilst pictures of Tindall and teammates play-wrestling with the dwarves also ended up on the Internet.
Of his attack, Henderson tells the Daily Mail: “We were having a good night out to celebrate my birthday and there were a few of us drinking together in a corner of the pub.
“I went outside for a cigarette and the next thing I know I’m suddenly in the air and someone has got hold of me. I was then dropped on to my back on to the hard floor.
‘From what I remember, there was only one person involved but it was very scary as I didn’t know what was going on.”
Henderson’s attack followed an incident in which a small person was picked up by an unknown person in the same bar and dropped.