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

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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.

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."

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