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Todd Bridges, 53, of the hit TV show Diff'rent Strokes is knocked out by punch while helping neighbor evict tenant

Daily Mail logo Daily Mail 11/26/2018 Ross Mcdonagh For Dailymail.com

Diff'rent Strokes star Todd Bridges was knocked out in an altercation with a neighbor.

The 53-year-old was helping a friend evict a tenant when he was sucker punched in the head.

Security footage obtained by TMZ shows the actor confronting someone off camera in a heated exchange before his head snaps back, sending him crashing to the floor.

a person posing for a picture: Sucker punched: Diff'rent Strokes star Todd Bridges was knocked out in an altercation with a neighbor, according to TMZ; seen in October in Hollywood © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Sucker punched: Diff'rent Strokes star Todd Bridges was knocked out in an altercation with a neighbor, according to TMZ; seen in October in Hollywood Completely dazed, it takes more than 20 seconds before he is able to get back to his feet, before unsteadily staggering away.

According to the site, Bridges was helping his wheelchair-bound neighbor evict a woman from his house.

The site claimed it was the woman's boyfriend who threw the blow.

The alleged assailant fled the scene, but no police report was filed.

Todd Bridges smiling for the camera: Child star: Bridges played Willis Jackson — older brother of the late Gary Coleman's Arnold — in the hit family comedy Diff'rent Strokes for all eight seasons © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Child star: Bridges played Willis Jackson — older brother of the late Gary Coleman's Arnold — in the hit family comedy Diff'rent Strokes for all eight seasons The former child star told the site: 'No one likes to be sucker punched, but I am glad that I was there to help my neighbor, who was faced with a potentially dangerous situation.'

He added: 'Much rather it was me, and not my neighbor.'   

Bridges played Willis Jackson — older brother of the late Gary Coleman's Arnold — in the hit family comedy Diff'rent Strokes for all eight seasons.

Running from 1978 to 1986, it told the story of two young African-American boys from Harlem, who are taken in by a rich white Park Avenue businessman and widower named Phillip Drummond (Conrad Bain) and his daughter Kimberly (Dana Plato).

Gary Coleman, Conrad Bain, Todd Bridges posing for a picture: Hit: Running from 1978 to 1986, it told the story of two young African-American boys from Harlem, who are taken in by a rich white Park Avenue businessman and widower named Phillip Drummond (Conrad Bain) and his daughter Kimberly (Dana Plato) © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Hit: Running from 1978 to 1986, it told the story of two young African-American boys from Harlem, who are taken in by a rich white Park Avenue businessman and widower named Phillip Drummond (Conrad Bain) and his daughter Kimberly (Dana Plato)

The father-of-two has lead a troubled life since leaving the show, becoming addicted to crack cocaine in his 20s.

In 1989 he was arrested and tried for the attempted murder of an LA drug dealer — and was represented by high-profile defense attorney Johnnie Cochran — but was acquitted.

During a 2010 appearance on The Oprah Winfrey Show, Bridges revealed he had been sexually abused at age 11 by a publicist and family friend.  

In August, DailyMail.com revealed Bridges had accused two of his ex-girlfriends of concocting a 'plot' to ruin his career and poison his dog.

Gary Coleman et al. posing for the camera: Troubles: The father-of-two has lead a troubled life since leaving the show, becoming addicted to crack cocaine in his 20s © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Troubles: The father-of-two has lead a troubled life since leaving the show, becoming addicted to crack cocaine in his 20s However the women accused him of being 'delusional' and 'paranoid' and upset over being dumped, and that he had threatened one of them with a crossbow and a taser.

Bridges has dozens of TV and film credits to his name post Diff'rent Strokes — mostly independent productions; his most recent high-profile TV role was a recurring one as Monk in Everybody Hates Chris, from 2007 and 2009.

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