Report: Crowe to Pay $11M in Phone Flap

Australia's most famous bad-boy actor is rehearsing to eat $11 million worth of crow, says a British newspaper.

That's how much Russell Crowe (search) will pay the Manhattan hotel clerk whose cheek he cut with an angrily flung phone, according to Sunday's Daily Mail.

The astronomical cost of Crowe's June 6 phone call home is reportedly part of a settlement designed to save the Oscar-winning actor from facing criminal charges that could cause visa problems and keep him from getting work in the United States.

Irate at not getting a line to Australia, Crowe admittedly hurled the phone and a vase at the Mercer Hotel's Nestor Estrada (search).

In return for the gigantic payoff, Estrada won't testify, which means the charges, carrying a maximum penalty of eight years, would likely be dropped, the Mail wrote.

Sunday, Crowe lawyer Gerald Lefcourt e-mailed The Post that "there is nothing to the story." Calls to Estrada lawyer Eric Franz weren't returned.

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