【 CNN.com 】   Post Date: 12/16/2011
Star of “Batman” Films Christian Bale Assaulted and Chased Away Trying to Visit Dissident in China
Author: Steven Jiang

Chen Guangcheng, a blind self-taught lawyer, is under house arrest along with his family.  Bale, who recently learned about Chen’s plight while making a film in China dealing with the Nanjing Massacre, was attempting to visit Chen at his home.

DONGSHIGU VILLAGE, China (CNN) -- As Christian Bale approached an impromptu checkpoint leading to this tiny village in eastern China, four men blocking the narrow path started marching toward him in menacing unison.
 
"I am here to see Chen Guangcheng," the "Dark Knight" actor said and I translated, with correspondent Stan Grant and cameraman Brad Olson next to us.
 
"Go away!" the plainclothes guards barked, pushing us back.
 
Amid the scuffling and yelling, dozens more guards in olive-green, military-style overcoats -- and two gray minivans -- emerged from the other side of the checkpoint, all coming toward us.
 
"Why can I not visit this free man?" Bale asked repeatedly, only to receive punches from guards aiming for his small camera as they tried to drag him away from the rest of us.
 
As we retreated, I recognized the ringleader -- the same burly man who had hurled rocks at the CNN team 10 months earlier to force us out of the same location.
 
A precarious scene ensued Thursday as one of the gray minivans chased our car at high speed on bumpy country roads for some 40 minutes.
 
When the dust settled, we counted a broken car, a damaged camera -- and a Hollywood star disappointed at -- but not shocked by -- his failure to see a personal hero.
 
"What I really wanted to do was to meet the man, shake his hand and say what an inspiration he is," Bale said. 
 
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Key Words: human rights China, Chen Guangcheng, Christian Bale
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