Omar Sharif, bully

Omar Sharif, the man who famously bullied Edward Said when they were at school together, has done it again:

Omar.H1BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. - Omar Sharif pleaded no contest Tuesday to misdemeanor battery and was ordered to take an anger management course for punching a parking valet who refused to accept his European currency.

The Egyptian-born actor, known for his roles in "Doctor Zhivago" and "Lawrence of Arabia," wasn't required to be in court and the plea was entered on his behalf by attorney Harland Braun. Sharif, 74, was in Egypt on Tuesday.

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According to the lawsuit, Sharif was belligerent and intoxicated and called Anderson, a Guatemalan immigrant, a "stupid Mexican" when he refused to accept a 20 euro note.

Anderson alleged Sharif then punched him.

Braun said Sharif decided to plead no contest because it would cost too much to fly to Los Angeles and testify.

Issandr El Amrani

Issandr El Amrani is a Cairo-based writer and consultant. His reporting and commentary on the Middle East and North Africa has appeared in The Economist, London Review of Books, Financial Times, The National, The Guardian, Time and other publications. He also publishes one of the longest-running blog in the region,