(Hollywood, CA) Entertainment News: Actor, comedian and writer Faizon Love — probably best known for his role in the Christmas movie “Elf” And Ice Cube‘s ‘Friday’ Where He Played Big Worm — was arraigned in court Wednesday morning after an incident at John Glenn Columbus International Airport Tuesday night.
Love, 48, was charged with assault, a first-degree misdemeanor, and was held in the Franklin County jail Tuesday night. He appeared in Franklin County Municipal Court Wednesday, pleaded not guilty and was released on $2,000 bond.
If Love, who has lived in Columbus for about a year and a half, is convicted, the charge could carry a penalty of as long as six months in jail and a $1,000 fine.
Airport police said they were called about 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, after Love became physical following an argument with Terrence Artis Gaines II, 24, of Whitehall, who was identified as a valet at the airport, in the baggage-claim area.
Love, who is about 6 feet tall and 340 pounds, grabbed Gaines from behind the neck and threw him to the ground, police said in records filed in Municipal Court. Love then grabbed Gaines again by the neck and threw him into a desk, it said. As Gaines tried to get up, Love pushed him down to the ground, the report said. It says Gaines had a cut above his eye afterward.
His attorney, John Moore, said there was a disagreement over payment.
Love’s probably best known for his role as the Gimbel’s toy department manager in the 2003 Will Ferrell movie “Elf.” Love comically spars with Buddy the Elf (Ferrell) over whether the toy department is really the North Pole, over whether there is singing at the North Pole, and over the large elf’s bizarre habits.
Love also had a large role as Shane in the 2009 movie “Couples Retreat” and was the voice of Sean “Sweet” Johnson in “Grand Theft: San Andreas,” a 2004 video game.
Love has a March 15 engagement at the Columbus Funny Bone.