Martin Henderson, 37-year old dwarf who played a goblin in the Harry Potter films, was celebrating his birthday with friends when he was was thrown into the air by a drunken reveller which left him partially paralysed. He is calling for an apology by Mike Tindall, captain of England’s rugby team, for their dwarf-throwing display against New Zealand last year.
The 4ft 6in (1.37m) actor, who played a goblin in the Harry Potter films, suffered damage to nerve tissue in his spine, causing numbness in his legs and back after he came crashing down on to the pavement.
And now Mr Henderson is calling on England’s World Cup squad to apologise for their dwarf-throwing antics in New Zealand last year.
‘People see Tindall doing it and they think that it is acceptable,’ he said.
‘I believe that could have been why it happened to me – the bloke probably thought it was a really funny thing to do.The whole team should be made to apologise for what they have done. Until someone steps out and says “This is not acceptable”, all dwarfs are under threat.’
Henderson’s name was brought up by Peter Dinklage during his award acceptance speech at the Golden Globe’s yesterday.