Yaphet Kotto grew up fighting for his religion, wearing his yarmulke on the streets of the Bronx. Harsh words about God almost led to fisticuffs again for the star of "Homicide: Life on the Street."

During a break Thursday in Baltimore, Kotto had to be restrained by bystanders after Daniel Eaton of Baltimore allegedly became verbally abusive.Kotto, who was raised a Jew, attended Roman Catholic schools and is the son of a Cameroonian crown prince, said Eaton went too far.

"The guy was yelling at me, saying he is God, saying all the Jews are going to hell," Kotto said. "Then he said, `I'll see you later,' which I take as a threat."

Eaton was taken into custody, charged with "assault by threat."

Kotto told The Associated Press in a 1994 interview he grew up fighting for his religion and his identity.

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"It was rough coming up," he said. "And then going to shul, putting a yarmulke on, having to face people who were primarily Baptists in the Bronx meant that on Fridays I was in some heavy fistfights."

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