Bikers insist they didn’t provoke Ian Ziering before wild brawl

‘He didn’t get flipped off, we didn’t say anything to him,’ one rider tells TMZ

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The bikers who were involved in a wild daytime brawl with Beverly Hills 90210’s Ian Ziering insist they aren’t to blame for the chaos that ensued on a busy Los Angeles street on New Year’s Eve.

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Two riders that go by the names Roy and Nocturnal spoke to TMZ Live this week and said the seeds of the fracas began when Ziering attempted to stop several of the mini-bikers from cutting in front of him. When they got too close, the pair allege Ziering jumped out of his car and initiated the fight.

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“What happens is, we’re pulling up, just like you see in the video … they were splitting lanes, which is completely legal in California,” says Nocturnal. “[Ian] moved forward to cut them off so they can’t cut in front of his car. What happened was when he [moved] forward, he they got close to him and I think when he went to go throw it in park, the car lunged forward and bumped the bike.”

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“What most likely happened is that dude was just going through some real personal issues that morning,” Roy added.

Nocturnal, who filmed one of the many videos that captured the viral brawl, said that there was “no before” leading up to Ziering getting out of his car.

“That’s why this is such a big deal, there’s no before, that’s it, the video is it. I could probably get the video of the whole build up but there’s no build up. What you guy’s are seeing … that’s it,” he said. “There’s no previous interaction … that’s the craziest thing about this whole thing. He didn’t get flipped off, we didn’t say anything to him.”

In video obtained by TMZ, Ziering was seen being viciously assaulted on Sunday by at least four helmeted assailants belonging to the 605 Minibike Gang with the tussle beginning after one of them “aggressively” approached the actor’s car near the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

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According to the outlet, Ziering, 59, was “wailing” on one of the bikers before their friends piled on and began to “whoop on him mercilessly.” As they exchanged punches and kicks, one attacker was seen using their helmet as a weapon as they chased the Sharknado star across the busy Hollywood Blvd. while onlookers stood by in disbelief and his terrified daughter remained inside the car.

The father of two spoke out on the daylight attack in an Instagram post set to Coldplay’s A Sky Full of Stars, telling followers that the altercation began after he tried to “assess” damage to his vehicle.

“Yesterday, I experienced an alarming incident involving a group of individuals on mini-bikes,” his post began. “While stuck in traffic, my car was approached aggressively by one of these riders leading to an unsettling confrontation. In an attempt to assess any damage I exited my car. This action, unfortunately, escalated into a physical altercation, which I navigated to protect myself.”

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90210 star Ian Ziering was filmed being attacked on the streets of Los Angeles on New Year’s Eve in video shared by TMZ. Photo by TMZ

The actor went on to hit out at “hooliganism” in the streets of L.A. and the soft-on-crime response from police, calling their approach “insufficient.” The incident, which saw no bystander attempt to get involved, left him “deeply concerned about the growing boldness of such groups who disrupt public safety and peace.”

On social media, followers praised Ziering for fighting back with one person sharing footage of the attack and writing, “The best part is Ian Ziering is almost 60 … and even 5+ of these losers couldn’t take him down.”

Meanwhile, his 90210 castmate Brian Austin Green called Ziering “a beast” for taking on multiple aggressors.

“My boy Ian Ziering got into a fistfight on Hollywood Boulevard with like five dudes, and f***ing like beat them … did it, did his thing,” Green, 50, said in a video posted to his Instagram Story. “He’s a monster. He’s f***ing incredibly fit, obviously.”

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90210 star Ian Ziering was filmed being attacked on the streets of Los Angeles on New Year’s Eve. Photo by TMZ

The Los Angeles Police Department confirmed to KTLA that officers responded to an altercation at Hollywood Blvd and Highland Ave. on Sunday afternoon following “reports of a fight that broke out after the group of bikers were driving recklessly.”

“The mini-motorcycle riders were driving recklessly and struck the victim’s vehicle and an altercation occurred,” LAPD media spokesperson Lt. Letisia Ruiz told USA Today in a follow-up response.

A source later told that Ziering is “doing OK” following the fight. But photos published by Page Six showed Ziering’s $100,000 Mercedes-Benz will need extensive repairs to its smashed windshield and cracked side-view mirror.

Ziering was also spotted out and about days after the attack wearing a hat that had the message “good vibes” on it.

But Roy maintained to TMZ that the drama was Ziering’s fault.

“He was having his own issue,” he said.

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