NYPD identifies ‘person of interest’ wanted for randomly slugging actor Steve Buscemi on NYC street

The NYPD has launched a manhunt for a “person of interest” within the random assault on beloved Big Apple actor Steve Buscemi, authorities and regulation enforcement sources instructed The Post.

The cowardly thug cold-cocked the “Boardwalk Empire” star in Kips Bay final week whereas he was strolling down the street, leaving him with a black eye and a swollen cheek.

Surveillance pictures launched by police present the brute — as does a video clip obtained by The Post.

Police recognized the particular person of curiosity as Clifton Williams.

Sources stated Williams, 50, has 27 prior arrests and was final busted in 2019 for menacing.

The 66-year-old actor was sporting a shiner when he was final seen Saturday taking pictures a industrial in Soho, along with his left cheek nonetheless visibly swollen from the unprovoked punch.

Person of interest in Buscemi attack.
The NYPD has recognized a “person of interest” within the May 8 random assault on actor Steve Buscemi in Kips Bay. Obtained by the NY Post
Actor Steve Buscemi.
Steve Buscemi, 66, was born in Brooklyn and was a New York City firefighter earlier than launching his appearing profession. Getty Images

A employee at a constructing close to the scene stated the assault was captured on surveillance video.

“The guy just came up to him and punched him on the side of the head for no reason,” the employee stated, describing the incident. “[Buscemi] didn’t see anything. He went straight to the ground and the guy kept going.

“[Buscemi] got right back up with an expression like, ‘What just happened?’ and looked toward the guy who’d hit him,” the employee stated. “The guy shouted something back at him and kept going.”

The actor has declined to remark on the incident, however his publicist issued a press release earlier this week.

“Steve Buscemi was assaulted in Mid-Town Manhattan, another victim of a random act of violence in the city,” the publicist stated in a press release Sunday. “He is OK and appreciates everyone’s well wishes, though incredibly sad for everyone that this has happened while also walking the streets of New York.”

Actor Steve Buscemi.
Surveillance footage captures Steve Buscemi moments earlier than he was slugged in Kips Bay on May 8. CBS News

Buscemi, a Brooklyn native who served as a New York City firefighter earlier than launching his appearing profession, is beloved within the Big Apple for his down-to-earth movie star.

His profession has spanned practically 4 a long time, and has included hit movies like “Fargo,” “The Big Lebowski” and “Reservoir Dogs” — alongside along with his more moderen function in HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire.”

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