New York Police Arrest Fan Who Attacked Wrestler Bret Hart During WWE Hall of Fame Speech

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Hart addressed the incident in an Instagram post shared Monday, assuring fans that he is "okay" and "not injured" after being tackled by a man Saturday night.

Wrestler Bret "The Hitman" Hart on Saturday was tackled by a spectator while he was giving a speech during the WWE Hall of Fame ceremony at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

The attacker was promptly subdued by several people, including other wrestlers, who came to Hart's defense. Hart, 61, was unharmed.

The assailant ran toward the ring from the audience, spectator Alan Fisher told the Associated Press.

"I couldn't believe that the security had missed him in the first place, and the next thing you know there was Shane McMahon and Travis Brown on top of him — the crowd was going crazy booing," Fisher said. "Everyone was cheering when one of the wrestlers punched him."

New York City Police arrested 26-year-old Zachary Madsen. He faces assault and criminal trespass charges. An email to the district attorney seeking someone who could comment on Madsen's behalf wasn't immediately answered.

Several shocked onlookers posted footage of the attack online.

The induction event resumed, with Hart continuing his speech after the fan was taken into custody.

"He should have never attacked Bret Hart, especially at such a special moment in his life," Fisher said.

Hart addressed the incident in an Instagram post shared Monday, assuring fans that he's "okay" and "not injured." 

He wrote: "What a wild weekend to say the least! First of all I want to thank WWE for not only the Hall of Fame honor for myself and Jim “The Anvil” Neidhart, but for their hospitality with my family and friends. Regarding the ceremony, firstly I want to let everyone know that I am okay and was not injured. If there’s one thing I want everyone to take away from the Hall of Fame ceremony is not so much what happened, but how I wasn’t going to let anything stop me from completing my tribute to my best friend and our team." 

He also thanked everyone for their "kind words and thoughts." 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

What a wild weekend to say the least! First of all I want to thank WWE for not only the Hall of Fame honor for myself and Jim “The Anvil” Neidhart, but for their hospitality with my family and friends. Regarding the ceremony, firstly I want to let everyone know that I am okay and was not injured. If there’s one thing I want everyone to take away from the Hall of Fame ceremony is not so much what happened, but how I wasn’t going to let anything stop me from completing my tribute to my best friend and our team. I’m also glad I got to join @natbynature and @thebethphoenix for their WrestleMania moment. Thank you everyone for your kind thoughts and words.

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April 8, 2:54 p.m. Updated with Hart's statement.