Friends actor said he and a classmate beat up future Canadian prime minister because he was excelling in a sport that we werent, so it was pure jealousy
Friends actor Matthew Perry has described an encounter hes not proud of with Canadas prime minister, saying that he beat up a young Justin Trudeau when they were both children.
Im not bragging about this, this is terrible, Perry told late-night host Jimmy Kimmel on Wednesday. I was a stupid kid.
Perry said he had been recently reminded of the incident by a friend who had also participated in the attack. They were in fifth grade at the time and a few years older than Trudeau.
We both beat him up, Perry said. I think he was excelling in a sport that we werent, so it was pure jealousy.
Trudeaus father was the prime minister of Canada at the time, Perry noted. But I dont think thats the reason we beat him up, he said. I think he was the only kid in school that we could beat up.
Kimmel was quick to draw parallels with the security apparatus of US presidents. Dont they have secret service there protecting the children of prime ministers? He asked.
When Perry replied no, Kimmel continued: That would never happen to Barron Trump, you would be in the stockade right now, you would be in Russia somewhere.
Born in the US, Perry moved to Ottawa with his mother as a young child. She ended up working for the Liberal party, eventually becoming press secretary to Pierre Trudeau while he was prime minister.
Perry and Trudeau both attended Rockcliffe Park elementary, a public school located in one of Ottawas wealthiest neighbourhoods and frequented by the children of ambassadors and politicians.
On Wednesday, Perry said he had never spoken to Trudeau about the fight. But I think I was rather instrumental in him going to such great heights and becoming the prime minister, he joked. I think he said, you know, Im going to rise above this and Im going to become prime minister.
Trudeaus office said they had no comment on Perrys claim.