Ziering’s New Year’s Eve plans did not include a scuffle.
On the eve of New Year, former Beverly Hills 90210 star Ian Ziering found himself amidst an unfortunate incident that resulted in physical blows. According to People via footage obtained by TMZ, the 59-year-old was suddenly surrounded by a group of mini-bike riders on Hollywood Blvd. He then proceeded to dismount his vehicle to get into a physical altercation with one of them.
The video showed the two coming to physical blows before the other bikers started surrounding the actor. After the bikers started attacking them, the Endless Love actor appeared to flee the group as he attempted to cross the road and get to the other side. The bikers did not seem to let go as they ran towards him, grabbed him by the collar, and thrust him into a vehicle, There they appeared to hold the Sharknado actor down and strike him more than once.
Per CW affiliate KTLA, the Los Angeles Police Department confirmed that authorities responded to the distress alarm at 3 pm on Sunday following “reports of a fight that broke out after the group of bikers were driving recklessly.” Currently, the incident remains under investigation and according to TMZ, Ziering has been listed as the victim of the gang attack in an official report.
Another TMZ footage shows the actor consoling his 12-year-old daughter Mia, as she appeared affected by the strife her father was subject to. The outlet reported saying that “Ian and Mia seem physically fine.”
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The actor took to Instagram after the incident and posted his experience via a lengthy caption. He began the passage by writing, “Yesterday, I experienced an alarming incident involving a group of individuals on mini bikes.” He added, “While stuck in traffic, my car was approached aggressively by one of these riders leading to an unsettling confrontation. In an attempt to assess any damage, I exited my car.”
Ziering continued, “This action, unfortunately, escalated into a physical altercation, which I navigated to protect myself.” He added, “I am relieved to report that my daughter and I are both completely unscathed, but the incident has left me deeply concerned about the growing boldness of such groups who disrupt public safety and peace.”
Further continuing, he writes, “This situation highlights a larger issue of hooliganism on our streets and the need for effective law enforcement responses to such behavior. As a citizen and a parent, I find it unacceptable that groups can freely engage in this kind of behavior, causing fear and chaos, while the response from authorities seems insufficient.”
Ziering then goes on to highlight, “I have always been an advocate for standing up against intimidation and misconduct, and this incident reinforces my belief in the importance of personal and community safety. We must address the underlying issues that lead to such disruptive behavior and ensure that our streets are safe for everyone.” He added a call to action, stating, “I urge city officials and law enforcement to take decisive action against such lawlessness and provide the necessary resources to prevent future occurrences.”
Concluding the post, he shared a moment of gratitude, writing, “I am thankful for the support of my family, friends, and fans during this time. It’s in challenging moments like these that the strength and unity of our community are most vital,” adding, “Happy new year.”
Earlier in March, at 90s Con in Connecticut during a 90210 panel moderated by PEOPLE’s Andrea Lavinthal, Ziering opened up about his vocational trajectory and how he almost had a future in reality TV. He said at the time, “Shortly after [Beverly Hills, 90210] went off the air, Missy Halperin, who we all know [in casting], said, ‘Ian, would you ever consider hosting a reality show?’ And I’m like, ‘No. I’m an actor.’ That reality show was American Idol,” he continued, “Not that it was an offer,” adding, “But would I consider my name being thrown in a hat.”
Ziering joked that he “would have been horrible” and instead fixated his creative juices on The Price Is Right.