Film legend Omar Sharif is set to be sued by a US parking attendant who alleges the star punched him and shouted racial abuse after a payment dispute.

The LAWRENCE OF ARABIA star was furious when his euros were refused by a valet at a Los Angeles restaurant in June (05) and allegedly proceeded to hurl anti-Latino insults at Guatemalan-born attendent, JUAN ANDERSON, before punching him in the head.

Horrified restaurant employees instructed 75-year-old Sharif to wait in his car for the police, during which time he reportedly offered Anderson $50 (GBP28) to pretend the attack never took place.

When the parking attendant refused, Sharif's driver appeared to lurch the Porsche at Anderson when he tried to block the vehicle's path.

According to the complaint filed in Los Angeles Superior Court, Sharif had been drinking heavily during his lavish dinner with friends.

Anderson's lawyer, John Carpenter, says, "Today (25OCT05) I filed a lawsuit against Omar Sharif, the actor, who violated the California hate crimes statute by assaulting and battering my client and calling him a 'stupid Mexican'.

The car park employee is seeking $50,000 (GBP27,800) in civil penalties as well as damages for his injuries.

In 2001 the Doctor Zhivago actor was given a one-month suspended prison sentence for head-butting a police officer in a casino near Paris.