John McManus attacked a waiter at a restaurant last year (Picture: BBC)
Shocking details have emerged after John McManus, who starred in The Traitors UK, was arrested for a drunken attack on a waiter.
The 51-year-old – who was a Faithful in series 1 of Claudia Winkleman’s hit BBC game show – was arrested in May 2023 after launching a horrific attack on a member of staff at a seafood restaurant in Edinburgh.
John, a spa therapist and actor, was asked by a waiter to turn down the volume after he and a friend were heard swearing at their table while sitting next to young children at The Ship On The Shore.
However, staff said that, as John was leaving the eatery, he ‘got up in the waiter’s face and called him a c**t’, with a physical brawl following outside.
CCTV footage, obtained by The Sun, captured the moment the former reality star started punching the 62-year-old waiter repeatedly.
After appearing to leave, John returned, sprinting back and dragging another female staff member to the ground by her hair.
John pleaded guilty to two charges of assault after pulling a member of staff to the floor by her hair (Picture: BBC)
Clearly angry, his arms were flailing and his pal was unable to hold him back.
After the woman fell to the floor, John was pulled away by his friend as fellow customers and staff gathered at the scene, attempting to calm the heated situation.
The waiter was helped to her feet before being consoled by colleagues and placing her hands on her head.
As John’s friend tried to usher him away, several individuals crowded him and started launching punches of their own.
They were grabbing at his arms and shouting, seemingly in a bid to get him to stay, rather than escape the consequences of his actions.
Following the fight, which occurred just before 8pm on May 7, a source said The Traitors star ‘was swearing and using the F-word a lot’.
John was murdered in episode five of The Traitors 2022 (Picture: BBC/Studio Lambert Associates/Mark Mainz)
‘They were seated next to a table with young children and it wasn’t appropriate,’ the onlooker shared.
They added that John was ‘badmouthing’ the waiter to other members of staff and vowed not to leave the restaurant without ‘doing’ something to him.
It was said the waiter was ‘unable to defend himself’ from John who was ‘raining punches’.
‘A female member of staff had come outside to see what was happening, she didn’t even say anything to him,’ they added before John dragged her to the floor.
Customers called the police, who quickly arrived and arrested John, who was murdered in episode five of The Traitors.
Following the ordeal, the female member of staff has been left with post-traumatic stress disorder.
He was a Faithful in series 1 of Claudia Winkleman’s BBC show (Picture: BBC/Studio Lambert Associates/Llara Plaza)
She has said she is so ’emotionally scarred’ by the incident and had to leave her job.
A friend of hers shared that she has signed up for self-defence classes after the ‘confidence-destroying’ assault.
She reportedly ‘cried for three days straight’ and was ‘scared to leave the house’.
The woman now ‘has a constant headache which her GP said is a symptom of PTSD’ and it is preventing her from working.
She is currently in therapy and is ‘worried she will have to leave the hospitality industry’ completely.
John was fined £1,070 after the altercation, which the pal blasted as ‘nothing for someone of his stature.’
John left the waitress with PTSD (Picture: Instagram)
He was fined £470 and had to pay £600 in compensation (Picture: Instagram)
‘The compensation he has been ordered to pay will barely cover the fees for the therapy she has had to have because of his actions.’
John pleaded guilty to two charges of assault at Edinburgh Sheriff Court on December 15, 2023.
He was fined £470 and ordered to pay the waitress £600 in compensation.
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