Stokes is also accused of earlier mocking the gay men, Kai Barry and William O'Connor, and flicking a cigarette butt at them. I struck Ryan Ali with my right hand just after he had delivered the blow on Kai and as he came at me with the bottle and had it raised. "Obviously it all happened very quickly but I am clear that I felt under threat of immediate attack from both these men and I did what I did only in order to defend myself".
He claimed that Stokes became annoyed after he refused to shake his hand, then walked off with Hales.
On Wednesday, the third day of the trial, the court saw footage of Ali and Hale holding beer bottles and walking up a road with Barry and O'Connor - described by the prosecution as "openly gay" Mbargo regulars.
Stokes told police: "I can hear on the video Alex shouting". He was taken to Bristol Royal Infirmary by ambulance and diagnosed as having suffered a fracture to the medial orbital wall on the left side of his face.
In a statement, Mr Spure said he had tried to separate Mr Stokes and Mr Ali, with the others continuing their behaviour behind him.
Hale sustained a 1.5in laceration to his forehead - consistent with blunt trauma.
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Footage from her body camera, played to the jury, showed she said to Stokes: "A guy over there was covered in blood and I've been told you punched him".
He claimed Ali replied: "Shut the **** up and **** off or I'll bottle you". They had shown a willingness to use weapons in attacking people and were willing to gang up such that at points, the pair of them were attacking me on my own.
PC Stacey Alway, who arrested Stokes, told the court: "From the moment I approached him (Stokes) he calmed down and was compliant".
He also confirmed he told the police officers arriving at the scene that Stokes - who he did not know - had punched Ali.
Pc Stacey Alway told the court how she was on duty with a colleague in a patrol vehicle when they saw a man, Ali, lying in the carriageway of Queen's Road with another person tending to him.
Stokes, who starred on Saturday as England beat India in the first Test at Edgbaston, is missing the second Test at Lord's due to the trial, which is expected to last five to seven days.
Shortly afterwards, he knocked out two men in a street brawl witnessed by the two gay men, jurors were told. All three deny a charge of affray.