It happened during a skipping event at the fourth annual Arnold Sports festival in Sandton, Johannesburg. While Arnie was chatting with fans and filming the event, a man approached him from behind and knocked him into the crowd with a flying kick. The assailant was immediately apprehended and escorted out by security.
Schwarzenegger later took to social media to reassure fans that he was fine following the attack, and admitted that he actually hadn't even been fully aware of what was happening. He also joked that he was glad it hadn't happened while he was filming.
Thanks for your concerns, but there is nothing to worry about. I thought I was just jostled by the crowd, which happens a lot. I only realized I was kicked when I saw the video like all of you. Im just glad the idiot didnt interrupt my Snapchat. - Arnold (@Schwarzenegger) May 18, 2019
The whole thing seemed to be perceived as more of an inconvenience to Schwarzenegger than a genuine attack. You can see just how unfazed he was by all of this in the video he posted of himself meeting fans just moments after the incident.
If there's one thing we've learned from his movies, it's that it takes more than a single kick to take down Arnold Schwarzenegger-and only a fool would try.