Attorney: Kiefer Sutherland Not the Instigator

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Kiefer Sutherland hasn't exactly tackled his latest PR nightmare head-on, but the 24 star's camp has broken its silence on he allegedly head-butted Jack McCollough.

Sutherland was charged with misdemeanor assault as a result.

However, while proclaiming his client's innocence in the Met Costume Gala aftermath, the actor's lawyer didn't exactly go out of his way to set the record straight.

"We are troubled by the untruthful and self-serving information circulating regarding Kiefer Sutherland and events of last Monday evening," Michael C. Miller said.

"We are confident, however, that the investigation being conducted by the Manhattan District Attorney's Office and the NYPD will confirm that Kiefer Sutherland was neither the instigator nor a wrongdoer in this incident."

"Out of respect for this law enforcement process, Kiefer Sutherland will not be making any comment at this time," the attorney's statement concluded.

According to reports, the actor supposedly attacked Jack McCollough for something the fashion designer did to Brooke Shields, and broke his nose in the process.

For her part, Shields' team has broken its silence to shoot down "a number of statements [that] have been attributed to Ms. Shields in the media that are neither true nor authorized" and offer the actress' version of events.

"These statements were obviously made by those not in attendance at the party and constitute their version of events," said attorney Gerald Lefcourt.

"At the party she was bumped into by Jack McCollough and Kiefer Sutherland became concerned. Kiefer has always been a gentleman in her company ... Both Jack and Kiefer are friends of Ms. Shields and she regrets this unfortunate situation."

Sutherland is due to be arraigned on the assault charge June 22.

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