Saif claims innocence, says only defended himself

Mumbai: Terming last night`s brawl as an "ugly incident", Bollywood actor Saif Ali Khan today said he was assaulted first and that he was only defending himself. Khan was arrested by Colaba police on the charge of assaulting South African businessman Iqbal Sharma but later released on bail as the sections under which he was booked were bailable.

"There was an ugly incident last night where my friend and the ladies with us were abused and I was assaulted. I was hit and I was only defending myself," Khan said in a statement. The actor further said that he has answered to all the requirements of law by attending the police station and that he has also filed a complaint regarding the incident last night.

"I am confident that justice will be done. I think they (police) have the CCTV footage from the restaurant and that will prove everything. I have seen the interviews given by them (victim) and they look like decent people. I cannot believe that the same people were so aggressive the night before and the lies that they are saying about me with such straight faces," he said. Requesting the media to remain impartial while the matter is being decided, Khan said, "I don`t think any gentleman would have behaved any differently than what I did."