Former All Black and league star Matthew Ridge has been black-listed from two swanky Auckland bars after police were called when the TV star refused to leave the female toilets used by both pubs.
A staff member from downtown bars Racket and Agents & Merchants on Customs St yesterday confirmed Ridge, 41, had been at the neighbouring establishments with two friends on Thursday.
The staff member, Greg Peever, said police were called around 11.30pm.
"[Ridge] was definitely off his face. I've never seen someone so angry in all my life... he was crazy.
"He got kicked out for [being] in the women's washroom.
"He was dragged out of here because he wouldn't leave... he was in the bouncers' faces, screaming and yelling."
A mirror was broken in the female toilets, Peever said.
Co-owner of the bars, Johnny de Monchy, said CCTV footage was captured of the incident and would be handed to police.
The mirror had been fixed and it was likely the bill would be sent to Ridge, de Monchy said.
Inspector Danny Meade of Auckland Police confirmed a 111 call was made by bar staff. Officers arrived at 11.40pm at which time the "alleged offender" had left.
"He had been causing aggravation," Meade said. "The bar staff were advised to take their complaint to the police station, which they said they would."
Peever said Ridge had left in a taxi.
No arrests have been made in relation to the incident.
Yesterday Ridge told the Sunday Star-Times he hadn't been at the bar. He said "f--- off" and hung up the telephone.
Bar staff fed up with the media attention caused by Ridge's visit yesterday chalked up a message on the blackboard outside the bars: "No comment."
In 2003, Ridge appeared in the Auckland District Court and was fined $1500 for driving while disqualified. He had lost his licence because of speeding.
And a year earlier the former All Black was arrested after a checkpoint incident in which he stopped his car and ran away. Ridge was chased on foot, caught and pepper-sprayed. A charge of failing to accompany police was later withdrawn when police admitted a procedural error with the arrest.
The same year he was charged in Sydney with driving without a licence.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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