Mr Henderson’s story is sad and scary. Hopefully Dinklage’s shout out on a global awards telecast can help others avoid a similar fate.
Who is Martin Henderson? Golden Globe Winner Peter Dinklage Dedicates Award to Him [VIDEO]
By Laura Matthews | January 16, 2012 | www.ibtimes.com
When Peter Dinklage won a 2012 Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series on Sunday at the 69th Annual Golden Globe Award, the “Game of Thrones” star dedicated the award to a man name Martin Henderson.
Henderson, a fellow little person from Somerset in England, was the victim of a dwarf tossing incident that left him with serious back injuries. The BBC reported that Henderson, 37, was picked up and dropped on the ground while he was out celebrating his birthday with friends at the White Horse pub in Wincanton in October.
The attack happened when Henderson went outside for a cigarette and he told “Metro” that a drunken stranger picked him up and threw him. The toss caused Henderson to land on his back, after falling three feet, according to reports.
According to MTV News, both Dinklage and Henderson suffer from achondroplasia, which causes dwarfirsm.
The BBC reported that Henderson believe that a dwarf-throwing contest in the New Zealand bar, which was attended by former England rugby captain Mike Tindall, might have influence his attacker.
Henderson, an aspiring actor, is only 4 feet 6 inches tall. His attacker was 5 feet 8 inches tall.
The attack has caused Henderson tissue damage and also caused his condition known as spinal stenosis to worsen, the BBC reported.
“I’m having a wheelchair made to measure because I’m finding it hard to walk long distances,” Henderson told the BBC.
The UK’s Telegraph reported that police are hunting the drunken man responsible for the incident, which took place during the rugby World Cup.
“From what I remember, there was only one person involved but it was very scary as I didn’t know what was going on,” Henderson told the Telegraph. “I guess I was an easy target and the only reason I was picked on was because I am small.”
Henderson told the Telegraph that people’s attitudes toward him when he is out in public can be “pretty cruel.” Still, he said “most are OK but you get the odd idiot who will make fun and start laughing at me.”
He manner of coping is to “ignore it.”
The incident at the pub was the first time he was ever picked up and thrown about.
Watch a news report about the incident in the video below: