Post-Oscar excitement lands actress in jail

2012-02-28 07:08

Los Angeles – Actress Sean Young has demanded an apology after being arrested after a scuffle with a security guard at the official post-Oscars party, police said yesterday.

Young (52) was placed under citizen’s arrest at the Governors Ball at about 9.30pm local time on Sunday after the dispute, police spokesperson Andrew Smith said.

“She was trying to get into the party and couldn’t get in,” he said.

Young said she was taking photos with fans at the entrance to the party, when she was told to leave. She admitted to striking a security guard, but only after he grabbed her, which was apparently without provocation.

She also criticised an Academy attorney, who she said witnessed the fracas and urged security to detain her.

According to a TV channel, Los Angeles police officers arrived soon after and took her into custody.

Young, who has starred in Blade Runner and Stripes, was booked at the Hollywood police station for investigation of misdemeanour battery. She posted $20 000 (about R150 000) bail and was released early yesterday.

The actress, who was wearing a ball gown, was taken into custody quickly, said Tom Januszewski, an Associated Press business executive who witnessed the incident. He said he saw a guard subdue Young by placing his forearm on her neck and head while other guards placed her in handcuffs and led her away.
Young didn’t speak as she was being led away, Januszewski said.

“It happened incredibly fast,” he said.

The actress tried to crash the Vanity Fair Oscar party in 2006. She entered rehabilitation for alcohol abuse in 2008 after she was removed from the Directors Guild of America awards.

A voicemail message left early yesterday for Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences publicist Tarrah Lee Curtis wasn’t immediately returned. A phone message left for Young’s agent, David Shapira, also was not immediately returned.

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