Many people remember the actress and producer Heather Locklear for her roles on Dynasty, The Fall Guy, Melrose Place, The Perfect Man and The Return of Swamp Thing. She is also known for her high profile marriages to musicians Richie Sambora and Tommy Lee. We are sad to report this week she was arrested and charged with domestic violence and the assault of three police officers.
The police were called to her Los Angeles home because of a domestic dispute where Locklear allegedly got violent. When the police arrived, she was not being cordial. Instead, she made things worse for herself by threatening to shoot them if they ever came to her property again. Because of this police obtained a search warrant to search the home only to find one gun which was legally registered to Locklear.
Locklear is said to now be seeking treatment at a rehabilitation center after many years of alcohol abuse. This comes after years of struggles with substance abuse for which most recently had entered rehab last year.
She was also arrested in 2008 on suspicion of driving under the influence but the charges were later dismissed and reduced to reckless driving for which she was sentenced to three years of informal probation and ordered to pay a $700 fine and take a driver safety class. That same year authorities were once again called to Locklear’s home following a 911 call from her doctor, who feared she had overdosed on prescription medication but the warning turned out to be a false alarm and Locklear was found safe at her residence.
Although she should have never threatened any police officer or anyone else for that matter, why did they have to search her home just because a woman who is clearly chemically impaired made a threat? Doesn’t really make sense and it doesn’t seem like it should have happened. But then again, it is California and anything goes there unless you are a criminal or an illegal alien. Locklear is neither.
Let’s hope and pray this time she is able to get the help she is in dire need of.
Via Entertainment Tonight:
“After the 56-year-old actress was arrested Sunday night for 1 count felony domestic violence and three counts misdemeanor battery on a police officer, a source told ET that she hasn’t been doing well for quite sometime, and that those close to her are encouraging her to go to rehab.
“Heather has been spiraling out of control lately,” the source said. “We realize Heather has had problems with drinking and drugs before, but she was really getting back on track.”
“Her friends and family are telling her it is time to go back to rehab,” the source added, referring to the fact that she has been in and out of treatment for years. “She needs it badly. It’s sad she lets things get this out of control before she gets help.”
Police told ET on Monday that Locklear was arrested after a domestic violence call was reported at a residence, and in an initial investigation, police allege that she had battered her boyfriend at the residence prior to their arrival. During the arrest, police say Locklear allegedly became combative and uncooperative, and allegedly battered three deputies.
According to our source, the arrest was “rock bottom” for Locklear.
“She was freaking out and texting her brother nonstop and wasn’t making sense,” the source said, adding that her family is very supportive of her. “She grew up in Thousand Oaks and really did well in Hollywood, so she is the sweetheart of the family and they all rally around her. Her brother immediately headed over to the house. When he arrived, she and her boyfriend were fighting. It was a terrible scene.”
The source claims the altercation became physical, telling ET, “They were literally physically fighting and her brother couldn’t control the situation, so he called the police.”
“When the police arrived, Heather was irate,” the source alleged. “She was furious her brother got the police involved and she was in no state to be able to have a normal thinking conversation. She was out of control. She was screaming at the police and went on the attack. She physically fought the police and they had to handcuff her to control her.”
“There were marks all over her boyfriend’s face, so they had no choice but to take her into custody,” the source added. “They said she seemed unstable and they wanted to take her for a psychological evaluation.”
As previously reported, a spokesperson for the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department told ET that Locklear was transported to a local hospital Sunday night, where she was evaluated prior to being booked into jail. She posted $20,000 bail and was released. Her next court appearance is set for March 13 in Ventura, California.”