Danny Trejo claims xenophobia was behind 'targeted' attack that led to scuffle at July 4th parade

Danny Trejo claims the punches he threw at a recent Fourth of July parade were retaliation for a “targeted” attack against him and his friends because they are of Mexican descent.

“I'm just sad that people in their 50s and 60s still feel that way,” the “Machete” star told TMZ on Friday, “because no one else got targeted.”

His friend, who was present at the encounter, supported the claim that he was “targeted” because of his ethnicity, and said no one in front of or behind him was affected.

Danny Trejo claims he and his friends were “targeted” because of their ethnicity at a recent Fourth of July parade. Getty Images
The American film star is of Mexican descent. Getty Images

Trejo and his friends were celebrating Independence Day in the Sunland-Tujunga area of ​​Los Angeles on Thursday when a fellow parade attendee threw a water balloon at his lowrider convertible car.

The “From Dusk Till Dawn” actor said he got out of his car because he heard someone yelling, “It's acid!” and was worried his vehicle had suffered serious damage.

He told TMZ that when he went to see Hood, someone allegedly threw a water balloon at him, leading to a scuffle.

A man reportedly threw a water balloon at Trejo's lowrider convertible car during the parade. Fox 11 Los Angeles
The actor said that at first he thought it was 'acid'. Instagram
Trejo and his friends then got into a scuffle with the man who allegedly threw the water balloon and his friends. Fox 11 Los Angeles

“I'm very sorry,” Trejo said. “I'm sorry I behaved the way I did. I'm very sorry that grown men have to throw water balloons at people just to enjoy the day.”

The “Desperado” actor said the reason he “panicked” was because he thought his vintage vehicle had been doused with acid.

His friend showed bruises on his hands from the fight, saying the attackers were allegedly “trampling on him”. [his] weapon” and “grab [him] Below.”

Trejo said his attackers should be “ashamed.” Shutterstock
“They couldn't do me any harm,” he said. Getty Images

Trejo said he was “fine,” adding, “They can’t hurt me.”

The 80-year-old joked that the people he fought with should feel ashamed for attacking a person of his age.

The “Bad Ass” star concluded, “I would be embarrassed if I attacked an 80-year-old man and he was still talking and laughing.”

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