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Second mistrial declared in Matthew McConaughey case

Matthew McConaughey
Image caption McConaughey was surfing when the alleged incident happened

A mistrial has been declared for the second time in a misdemeanour battery case against two surfers accused of attacking a photographer who tried to snap actor Matthew McConaughey.

The jury was deadlocked on Friday in the case against Philip Hildebrand and Skylar Peak.

Malibu Superior Court Judge Lawrence Mira ordered both sides to return to court on 2 July.

The prosecution is then expected to announce whether it plans a retrial.

Hildebrand and Peak were originally charged after a photographer was allegedly thrown into the ocean while trying to take pictures of McConaughey on Malibu beach in June 2008.

One photographer claimed he was attacked and had his camera hurled into the water during the incident in June 2008.

Peak and Hildebrand denied assaulting the photographer.

The judge declared the first mistrial in March this year after being told that Peak's mother had been seriously injured in a car crash.

McConaughey has starred in films such as Failure to Launch and Fool's Gold.

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