Marcus McGhee, the man allegedly attacked by Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard in a bar told a court on Wednesday he wasn't acting aggressively before facing a "barrage of punches" from the England midfielder. "I remember a barrage of punches coming in at my face but I didn't know who has done what," McGee told Liverpool Crown Court.
"Having watched the CCTV it was obvious Steven Gerrard hits me a couple of times, maybe three times but I couldn't honestly say on the night.
"I didn't throw any punches, I wasn't acting aggressively, I didn't hit anyone at all."
Barman Nathaniel Lockie also told the jury that Gerrard used his left hand to pull McGee's jumper over his head before launching uppercuts with his right.
Prosecutors claim that Gerrard - who has been charged with affray - was one of several men who attacked the 34-year-old McGee, who had refused to hand over control of a CD player.
"(Gerrard's) request, his attitude I would describe as bad, it was bad and it was rude. It was bad tempered, so straight away I was acting proportionate to how his attitude was," McGee said.
Gerrard denies affray. Five other men pleaded guilty and another admitted a lesser charge of threatening behaviour.