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Tawny Kitaen
Tawny Kitaen
Beginning in 2001, actress and model Tawny Kitaen found herself on the wrong side of the law on several occasions. She was arrested in Newport Beach, Calif., on December 13, 2001, for vandalism, allegedly keying the automobile of an unidentified woman.
On April Fool's Day, 2002, Kitaen was arrested for spousal abuse after allegedly attacking her then-husband, Cleveland Indians pitcher Chuck Finley, by kicking him with her high-heeled boots and twisting his ear while the couple drove home from dinner. Finley according to the Newport Beach police report appeared "shaken, but calm" after the attack, in which "hands" and "boots" are described as the weapons used. He filed for divorce three days later.
According to court papers, Tawny Kitaen blamed her attack on an addiction to prescription medication for headaches and clinical depression. Her husband was granted a temporary restraining order, and Kitaen was ordered to enter drug rehabilitation, attend anger management classes, and make a donation to a battered woman's shelter.
In November 2006, police responded to a call regarding Kitaen's two children and, after requesting to search the premises of the actress' San Juan Capistrano apartment, found 15 grams of cocaine. In December 2006 Kitaen entered a six-month substance abuse program as part of a plea bargain to drop the felony drug possession charges.
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