January 17, 2012 by staff
Peter Dinklage, A dwarf spoke today of his shock at having been mentioned during an actor’s Golden Globe acceptance speech. Martin Henderson, 37, from Milborne Port, Somerset, trended on Twitter after fellow dwarf Peter Dinklage told the Los Angeles audience to Google the Briton’s name after winning the prize for best supporting actor in a TV series.
Dinklage, whose award was for Game Of Thrones, was referring to Mr Henderson who was injured in a “dwarf-tossing” incident last October as he celebrated his 37th birthday in a pub.
He had gone outside for a cigarette when he was picked up by an unknown man and dropped to the floor – suffering back, leg and arm injuries.
Police have launched an investigation and are appealing for witnesses.
The incident happened just weeks after reports in the media claimed members of the England rugby team had been enjoying a “dwarf-throwing contest” in a bar in New Zealand during their ill-fated World Cup campaign.
During an interview on ITV’s Daybreak, Mr Henderson confessed he had never heard of US actor Dinklage but was surprised to have been name checked at the Golden Globes.
“Yes, it is a very, very good thing. I just couldn’t believe it when I woke up yesterday morning,” he told the programme.
Mr Henderson described the incident that led to his injuries.
“I was outside having a cigarette on my 37th birthday, just minding my own business, and some guy came behind me and just picked me up about 3ft off the ground and just dropped me,” he said.
“I keep getting numbness in my left leg and I just keep falling over and have broken my left wrist.
“I never heard of anyone being picked on like this. I feel very, very upset about it. It is frightening. I think we’re an easy target.”
Mr Henderson, who has spinal stenosis, now has to use a zimmer frame to walk and has been told by doctors that he will need a wheelchair for longer journeys.
The incident happened about a month after England rugby players, including Mike Tindall, visited the Altitude Bar which was hosting a “Mad Midget Weekender”.
The team were on a night out following their first-match victory against Argentina in the Rugby World Cup.
But bar manager Rich Deane denied any “dwarf throwing” was involved and insisted the event had been misinterpreted.
An Avon and Somerset Police spokesman said: “The public are being asked for their help following an assault in the White Horse public house back in October.
“Officers investigating would like to speak to anyone who may have been in the pub on the night of October 7.
“It follows an incident in which a small person was picked up by an unknown person in the bar and dropped.
“This caused an injury to his back.”
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