A woman was taken to a hospital after a fight with another woman who used her cellphone during a movie at a Columbia theater.
The incident happened Saturday afternoon at the Regal Columbiana Grande Stadium 14, according to a Columbia Police Department incident report.
The 52-year-old woman identified in the report as the victim told officers that during the movie, her phone rang and lit up. When she looked at the phone, a 44-year-old woman told her "with a rude tone" to go check her phone in the bathroom, the report states.
The victim put her phone away. At the end of the movie, when the credits were rolling, she took her phone out to check who called, police said. The other woman threw her popcorn at her, saying, "Really? Again?"
When the victim saw the popcorn being tossed at her, she "reacted by swinging her arms," the report states. She believed she swung her arm while holding her phone and hit the suspect in the face.
The suspect then "attacked" the victim, prompting other people in the theater to help stop the scuffle, police said.
The victim did not have any visible injuries and declined EMS treatment.
The woman identified as the suspect told officers she saw the victim checking her phone during the movie and asked her to turn it off. At the end of the movie, while the credits were rolling, she saw the victim again take her phone out and asked her to turn it off.
The suspect said that's when the victim "freaked out and attacked her," police said. She had a laceration on her nose and was taken to Lexington Medical Center.
One witness corroborated the suspect's story. Another witness said that during the fight, one of the women fell onto his son's lap, hurting his knee.
The report did not indicate if the two women knew each other, or if any charges were filed.