BBC TV presenter Ashley Blake hit a teenager with a wooden pole during a violent disturbance outside his bar, a court has heard.
The 40-year old BBC newsreader swung the patio umbrella pole above his head and struck 17-year-old Greg Jones in the face after an 18th birthday party being held at The Place 2B in Sutton Coldfield on Chester Road.
He appeared before Birmingham Crown Court and denied wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm and unlawful wounding.
Birmingham-born Blake, who ran the venue with his partner Jessica Hayes, also pleaded not guilty to attempting to pervert the course of justice by throwing the pole into a neighbouring garden centre in an attempt to conceal it from police after the incident in the early hours of January 25.
The prosecution told the jury that Blake ran into the bar to fetch the pole - measuring three feet and one-and-a-half inches wide with a screw sticking out of it, after 17-year-old Adam Finn was punched and left unconscious.
Steven Sproule, 38, of Booths Farm Road, Great Barr, has pleaded guilty to assault occasioning actual bodily harm.
The prosecution said Mr Jones was attempting to calm the group down when they became angry and upset.
Naomi Gilchrist, prosecuting, said: “The defendant was stood in front of the group. Greg Jones asked him to call an ambulance and heard no response.
“He noticed the defendant had a pole in his hands as if to threaten him with it. The defendant swung the pole above his head and hit Greg Jones in the face with it. Mr Jones stumbled back and put his hand to his face when he noticed a lot of blood. He had blood all over his hands, his face and clothing.
Miss Gilchrist added: “The pole, after it was used by the defendant to hit Greg Jones, was put back behind the bar by the bar manager but the pole did not remain behind the bar.
“Shortly after police arrived on the scene the defendant took it and he disposed of it by throwing it over the fence into the garden centre next door.
The court heard that Blake told police officers at the scene that he needed to go to the toilet - but went to get rid of the pole instead.
He was then arrested after witnesses said he was responsible for the attack.
During the police first interview, Blake denied getting the pole. When shown CCTV footage fetching it from the bar, he said he was going to use it to secure the doors and protect his staff from the revellers who had begun throwing items of furniture. He denies hitting anyone with the pole.
Blake has not appeared on screen since being charged.
He worked as the BBC’s regional art and entertainment correspondent and as a presenter on consumer programme Watchdog before moving back to Birmingham, where he could be seen regularly presenting Midlands Today and Inside Out.
The trial continues.