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Kiefer Sutherland charged with assault

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  • Kiefer Sutherland accused of head-butting fashion designer at N.Y. nightclub
  • Sutherland has been charged with misdemeanor assault
  • Designer claims he was "the victim of a vicious, violent, unprovoked assault"
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NEW YORK (CNN) -- Actor Kiefer Sutherland has been charged with misdemeanor assault after he was accused of head-butting fashion designer Jack McCollough at a New York nightclub early Tuesday, police said.

Kiefer Sutherland, center, turns himself in to police in New York on Thursday.

Kiefer Sutherland, center, turns himself in to police in New York on Thursday.

Sutherland was charged after he arrived at a New York police precinct Thursday afternoon to answer investigators' questions about the incident.

McCollough claims that he was "the victim of a vicious, violent, unprovoked assault," according to a statement from his publicist.

Sutherland and his publicist have not responded to several calls for comment.

A police statement issued this week did not name Sutherland or McCollough but identified those involved only by sex, race and age:

"Male white 42, speaking to female white when a male white 30 walked in between them to get to the bar. There was a verbal altercation and the suspect head butted the victim, causing injuries to the victim's nose."

Sutherland is 42, and McCollough is 30. Video Watch an expert analyze Sutherland's alleged behavior »

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Media reports have said the woman involved was actress Brooke Shields.

"Anyone who knows Jack McCollough knows that he would not hurt a fly," McCollough's spokesman said. "All we can say at this point is that he was the victim of a vicious, violent, unprovoked assault and that the matter is in the hands of the authorities."

CNN's Doug Ganley, Marc Balinsky and Rob Frehse contributed to this report.

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