Written by Staff Writer
08 Jun, 2014 | 11:40 am
Ashley Cole is to be quizzed over claims he assaulted a TV presenter in a nightclub.
The Chelsea star, 33, in the US after being overlooked for England’s World Cup squad, allegedly threw champagne over Donatella Panayiotou, yelling: “You know what this is for!” – sparking a furious bust-up Cops are investigating.
The 33-year-old, who is partying in Los Angeles on a lads’ holiday after not being picked by Roy Hodgson for the World Cup, is to be quizzed by the LAPD in connection with an alleged “battery”, the US equivalent of assault.
Celebrities including rapper Drake and R&B singer Brandy were among a host of VIPs who turned out to celebrate basketball star Nick Young’s 29th birthday at the exclusive Toxic Day Party in trendy Hollywood nightclub Lure.
Cole, best mate Shaun Wright-Phillips and around a dozen other pals had tickets for the bash, where clubbers glugged £1,000 bottles of champagne and downed £24 shots of vodka.
But just hours in came the flashpoint between Cole and TV presenter Donatella.
Dozens of stunned revellers witnessed the incident – with one saying it resembled a “saloon bar brawl”.
The clubber said: “The whole bust-up came out of nowhere.
“Ashley’s group were spending a fortune knocking back the drinks. At one point Ashley and Donatella were at the same table and drinking happily.”
But later in the evening Donatella claims things turned sour when Cole suddenly confronted her and poured champagne over her head, yelling: “You know what that is for!”
Yesterday police in Los Angeles confirmed they had launched an investigation and would quiz Cole.
But sources say they are struggling to track him down as he is believed to be staying at a private villa.
The footballer is in America partying away the disappointment of being left out of the squad for Brazil with a group of pals including his best friend, QPR star Wright-Phillips.
If charged and convicted of assault his dream of a final lucrative pay-day playing in the US could be in tatters.
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