[quote] Sheriff’s deputies arrested O’Neal early Saturday at his Malibu home for investigation of assault with a deadly weapon and negligent discharge of a firearm. He was booked and released on a $50,000 bond.
The district attorney’s office, which would determine whether to file charges, had not received the case by late Monday, said spokeswoman Sandi Gibbons.
Accounts of who started the altercation differed sharply, with O’Neal saying he was defending himself against an enraged son and the actor’s daughter claiming her father was lying.
The incident happened after O’Neal arrived home after dining out with a group of friends, including his former girlfriend Farrah Fawcett, according to O’Neal’s manager and a friend who attended the dinner. The group had been celebrating Fawcett’s 60th birthday and that she was cancer-free after four months of treatment.
In a statement, the 65-year-old actor said Griffin was at the house and began “wildly swinging a fireplace poker.”
His son grazed him four or five times and “aimed at my head, I ducked, he hit his own girlfriend in the head,” O’Neal said in an interview published Monday in the Los Angeles Times.
“I got a little nervous at that point and fled to my room … and I got my gun,” he said.
O’Neal said his son began to come up the stairs with the poker. “So I just fired it (the gun) into the banister, and that scared him and he fled,” he told the newspaper. [/quote]
High profile? Actors and the ultrarich!?