Arnold Schwarzenegger Got Kicked in the Back While in South Africa

May 18, 2019 Updated: May 18, 2019

Arnold Schwarzenegger was attacked on Saturday during his visit to South Africa.

The 71-year-old actor and former California governor was in the country for Arnold Classic Africa, a multi-sport event held in Johannesburg each May.

A video shows Schwarzenegger on the sidelines filming a rope-skipping competition on a phone. As he turns around to hand the phone over, a man runs from behind and jump-kicks Schwarzenegger in the back.

Security quickly grabbed the man and took him away. A few moments later, a person can be heard repeatedly shouting, “Help me! I need a Lamborghini!”

Schwarzenegger did not seem fazed. The video shows him leaving the venue soon after. A few hours later, he posted a video of himself on Twitter greeting fans as though nothing happened.

“Make sure to tune into my @Snapchat to see all 90 sports we have here at the @ArnoldSports Africa! Fitness is for everyone,” he wrote on Twitter.

Eventually, Schwarzenegger addressed the incident and reassured everyone he was fine.

“Thanks for your concerns, but there is nothing to worry about. I thought I was just jostled by the crowd, which happens a lot. I only realized I was kicked when I saw the video like all of you. I’m just glad the idiot didn’t interrupt my Snapchat,” he wrote.

Schwarzenegger also asked fans to take the focus off the man who attacked him by instead sharing videos of the young athletes at the festival.

“Do me a favor: instead of sharing the video of the guy who wants to be famous, watch some of our @ArnoldSports athletes like this young hero proving that fitness is for everyone who deserve to be famous. They’re on my Snapchat.”

Twitter Reactions From Arnold Fans

One person responded, “It was the equivalent of kicking a brick wall…” and added the hashtag: #TheOak.

“Never mind you, is the man’s foot ok??” another quipped.

While another person commented, “What a coward hitting you from behind. Probably broke a leg off your back.”

Schwarzenegger is best-known for his role as the Terminator in “Terminator” (1984), “Predator” (1987), and “Total Recall” (1990), according to IMDb.

He also served as the governor of California from 2003 to 2011.

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Former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger poses next to his gubernatorial portrait at the unveiling in the Rotunda of the State Capitol in Sacramento, Calif., on Sept. 8, 2014. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

NTD News reporter Tiffany Meier contributed to this article.

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