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Matthew Perry Says He Beat Up Justin Trudeau in Elementary School

The brawl went down long before Trudeau's boxing days.

by Manisha Krishnan
Mar 16 2017, 8:53pm

Lead image by THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

This article originally appeared on VICE Canada.

Matthew Perry, the Friends star you'd be forgiven for not remembering, earned his keep this week when he shared a story on Jimmy Kimmel Live about beating up Justin Trudeau.

Perry, who describes himself as "half" Canadian in the segment, told Kimmel he and PMJT went to elementary school together.

"Do you remember him?" Kimmel asked, to which Perry replied, "I do have a story about him that I'm not proud of."

He said his friend Chris Murray, who was also in the fifth grade with Perry, recently recalled how the two of them "beat up Justin Trudeau."

"The two of you beat him up?" asked Kimmel.

"We both beat him up," said Perry. "I think he was excelling in sports that we weren't, so it was pure jealousy, you know, we beat him up."

At the time, Pierre Trudeau was prime minister, which prompted Kimmel to ask whether or not Canada had its own version of the secret service. "Uh, they didn't," said Perry.

"'Cause that would never happen to Barron Trump, you'd be in the stockade right now," said Kimmel. "You'd be in Russia somewhere."

Perry concluded by saying he's not proud of assaulting young Trudeau and even "tried to turn it into love play" at one point, but he also took credit for Trudeau's eventual rise to power.

"I think it was rather instrumental in him going to such great heights and becoming prime minister," he said. "I think he said, 'I'm going to rise above this.'"

UPDATE: VICE asked Trudeau's office about the incident. They declined to comment.

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