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Man faces assault, trespassing charges in Bret 'The Hitman' Hart attack

Authorities say a spectator faces assault and trespassing charges after tackling wrestler Bret (The Hitman) Hart while he was giving a speech during the WWE Hall of Fame ceremony in Brooklyn.

Wrestling legend was giving speech during WWE Hall of Fame ceremony on Sunday

Zachary Madsen of Lincoln, Neb., faces assault and trespassing charges after tackling wrestling legend Bret "The Hitman" Hart while the latter was giving a speech during the WWE Hall of Fame ceremony in Brooklyn. (Police photo)

Authorities say a spectator faces assault and trespassing charges after tackling wrestler Bret (The Hitman) Hart while he was giving a speech during the WWE Hall of Fame ceremony in Brooklyn.

Bail was set at $1,500 US for Zachary Madsen, of Lincoln, Neb., at a hearing on Sunday night. The judge also issued orders of protection, barring Madsen from approaching Hart and a security worker.

Other wrestlers helped subdue the attacker. Hart, who wasn't hurt, resumed his speech.

Prosecutors said in court that Madsen told police that he "felt like it was right moment" to go after the wrestling legend

His lawyer said Madsen is "agreeable and co-operative" and has no criminal convictions.

WWE described Madsen as "an over-exuberant fan." Madsen had a previous run-in with a fighter in Lincoln.

The induction event resumed — with Hart continuing his speech — after the fan was taken into custody.

"He should have never attacked Bret Hart, especially at such a special moment in his life," spectator Alan Fisher said.

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