On Monday night local time in Australia, Patel, known for his roles in movies like ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ and ‘Lion’, intervened in what his reps call “a violent altercation” and successfully defused the situation.
The woman then allegedly stabbed the man in the chest.
A 32-year-old man was treated at the scene before being taken to Royal Adelaide Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
According to his representatives, Patel and his friends witnessed the event because it was already underway.
“Dev acted on his natural instincts to try to defuse the situation and break up the fight,” the statement provided to CNN reads. “The group luckily managed to do this and they stayed behind to make sure the police and eventually the ambulance arrived. There are no heroes in this situation and unfortunately this specific incident highlights a problem wider system of marginalized members of society not being treated with the dignity and respect they deserve.”
Patel’s reps added, “The hope is that the same level of media attention this story is getting (just because Dev, as a famous person, was involved) can be a catalyst for lawmakers to show some restraint. compassion in determining long-term solutions to help not just the individuals who were involved, but the community as a whole.”
Police attended the scene and arrested a 34-year-old woman in connection with the event.
“The pair know each other, and this is not a random incident,” the statement read. She was charged with aggravated assault causing damage.