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The Suburbanite
  • "25 Hill" film crew involved in scuffle at Upper Deck

  • Actor-Director, Corbin Bernsen, 55, was thrown to the ground outside of the Upper Deck restaurant and bar on July 27. He had been in town filming the movie "25 Hill" which he wrote to help promote the Akron icon, the All American Soap Box Derby.

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  • Actor-Director, Corbin Bernsen, 55, was thrown to the ground outside of the Upper Deck restaurant and bar on July 27. He had been in town filming the movie "25 Hill" which he wrote to help promote the Akron icon, the All American Soap Box Derby.
    After a 16 hour day of filming the movie crew, including Bernsen, were close to the Upper Deck and decided to meet there for something to eat and drinks.
    Spokesperson and Associate Producer Mary Ethridge said while the crew was eating a man, Dennis Pirt, 22, of Clinton, approached the crew members. He appeared to be very drunk and stated he knew one of the girls on the crew from high school. She became uncomfortable with his approaches and Producer Jim Greilick, 29, stood up and told Pirt to back off. At that point some words were exchanged and it seemed to be the end of it.
    Ethridge said about 15 to 20 minutes later Greilick was sitting with co-producer Chris Aronoff at the bar eating when some other man held Aronoff down while Pirt sucker punched Greilick in the eye. The surprise punch knocked him to the floor, momentarily causing him to lose his vision.
    "The crew was upset and some of them started chasing Pirt and throwing a couple of punches, basically trying to get him to leave the bar," said Etheridge.
    The scuffle made its way outside and at that point Pirt got in his car and began to leave.
    Bernsen told New Franklin police he threw a hand full of gravel at the car. He was angry that Pirt had hurt his longtime friend, Greilick. Someone got out of the car and threw Bernsen to the ground and then took off.
    Ethridge said Bernsen did not throw a punch.
    No one filed chargers and Greilick was treated at Barberton Citizen's Hospital for an eye injury and released. Pirt was also treated for an injury from a punch by an unknown person.
    It was not until a week later that the incident was made public when it was reported to the media. Co-owner of the Upper Deck, Jeff Houck spoke to TV stations on camera. 
    "It was a case of an unprovoked punch that led to others coming to his defense," said Ethridge.
    Ethridge said that Bernsen and the crew just want to put this behind them. Their experience here has been great and they are looking forward to the premier of "25 Hill" which is to be held in Akron in July 2011.