While the Academy Award-winning actor Denzel Washington is hoping to win big at the box office with new film The Magnificent Seven this weekend, a man with the same name is losing in the criminal justice system.
A New York City resident named Denzel Washington, 20, took a plea deal Wednesday to harassment as a violation after he was involved in an altercation with his mother, whose name is Aretha Franklin.
According to a criminal complaint, he choked his mother outside her building on West 93rd Street in Manhattan.
The complaint, obtained by the New York Post read: "I am informed by Aretha Franklin that she observed the defendant place his hands around her neck and apply pressure, thereby causing redness, bruising and substantial pain to her neck."
Washington was sentenced to a conditional discharge and an anger management treatment.
The 52-year-old victim is not related to the iconic soul singer and her son has no relation to the Training Day actor.