The actor was walking near his West London home at 10am and lashed out when a photographer asked if he could take his picture.
The star allegedly kicked him three times and kneed him near the groin. Photographer Ian Whittaker, 43, said: ‘I asked him to smile because he was standing with his head down. But he must have been having a bad day because he started chasing me down the street.
‘He gave me a couple of kicks in the legs and I think he kneed me.’ Whittaker described how the ‘Music and Lyrics’ star then picked up a takeaway container full of beans and threw it at him.
The photographer also claimed 46-year-old Hugh launched into a tirade of abuse aimed at his children. Whittaker said: ‘When I told him I had two children, he snarled, ‘I hope they die of f***ing cancer’.
‘That really upset me and is why I went to the police to make a complaint of assault against him. He was out of order.’ Metropolitan police confirmed last night that the incident had been reported and they were planning to question Hugh on the matter.
It looks like Hugh was out for a jog before throwing those beans!
Hugh, you better keep on running, cuz the cops are a coming for you.