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‘Wire’ actor Anwan Glover beaten and stabbed in D.C. nightclub

Actor, musician and Washington D.C. native Anwan Glover, 41, perhaps best known for his portrayal of a gang member in HBO’s crime drama TV series “The Wire,” was beaten and stabbed at Cafe Asia, a Washington D.C. nightclub, in the early morning hours of August 3, according to The Huffington Post. Glover informed police that he didn’t know his assailants, one of whom punched him while another hit him in the head.

Two men unknown to Glover approached him inside the nightclub, punched him, knocked him down, kicked him repeatedly and stabbed him.
Two men unknown to Glover approached him inside the nightclub, punched him, knocked him down, kicked him repeatedly and stabbed him.
Anwan Glover/Facebook
Two men unknown to Glover approached him inside the nightclub, punched him, knocked him down, kicked him repeatedly and stabbed him.
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“Glover told police he was then kicked repeatedly and felt sharp pain in his side.” Glover, currently a resident of Upper Marlboro, Maryland, a D.C. suburb, was “treated for a laceration to the torso at George Washington University Hospital,” according to The Washington Post.

Police reports state that Glover was inside the Northwest Washington nightclub at approximately 2 a.m. on Sunday when a man unknown to him approached him and hit him multiple times. As the beatdown continued, “Glover fell to the floor and was stabbed once in the torso.” After being treated for his stab wound and injuries, Glover was later released from the George Washington University Hospital. The Baltimore Sun reported that Glover’s injuries were “not life threatening.”

Glover first gained national acclaim in 1992 as a founding teen member of the go-go band, the Backyard Band. His assault on Sunday came following a concert performance by a band he was supporting. On Sunday evening, Glover, a.k.a. Big G, posted to his Facebook page:

As many of you are aware, i was involved in an incident last night. While supporting another band, at their show, I was involved in an altercation with some unknown people. While defending myself, I was stabbed. I was hospitalized and have been released. I am not a stranger to adversity and when shown hate, I'm going to spread love. I am recovering and will be back soon. My flesh may be stabbed but my spirit is unbreakable. I want to thank all of my fans, followers and friends for their inquiries, we'll wishes, prayers and love. I love you all back and I'm always going to love my city. – G

#FYI- I lost my phone and will get my new one tomorrow. Much love Anwan Big G Glover

Glover is no stranger to violent times. His brother Tayon was shot and killed in 2007 in Washington D.C. Glover said that his brother had been shot 13 times, according to a separate report from The Washington Post. Following his brother’s death, Glover became an avid proponent for nonviolence, urging youth to “steer clear of his former life: carrying a gun, getting shot, going to jail.”

In addition to appearing in “The Wire,” Glover also starred in several episodes of another HBO series, “Treme.” More recently, he appeared in the Academy Award winning film, "12 Years A Slave." For more on Glover's stabbing, see the video accompanying this article.