Jon Voight Gets Physical Over Israel At UCLA Event, To Student's Dismay

The Oscar winner later claimed to have merely been acting playful with the college junior, who had verbally sparred with him over Middle East politics.
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A version of this story originally appeared in the Rambling Reporter column of the April 20 issue of The Hollywood Reporter.

Things got a little heated when Jon Voight showed up April 3 at UCLA to speak at a Bruins for Israel event. After he vocally aligned himself with Newt Gingrich's hard-line views on the nation, a Jewish student approached him to politely offer his dissent in favor of a two-state solution.

Voight became animated, eventually grabbing the student's collar and lightly shaking him. When THR reached the actor, he insisted it was merely a playful moment.

"Between the boy and I, I was making a joke," says Voight. "It wasn't serious."

Yet the Bruin, who wishes to maintain his privacy, is unappeased. "I still don't think he should have put his hands on me."