Guest Author - Jeanette Stingley
Yes, even famous people abuse or are the victims of domestic violence. Here is a look at some cases that have made headlines over the years.
Former Saturday Night Live star, Phil Hartman, was murdered by his wife, Brynn May 28, 1998. From Wikipedia, here is what happened: �While Phil slept, Brynn came into the bedroom with a revolver that reportedly Phil had given to her as a present, aimed it at Phil and shot him in the head, fatally wounding him. Death was presumably instant. She drove to the home of Ron Douglas, a friend of hers, and said "I shot Phil," after which she passed out. Douglas did not believe her initially, but he found the gun in her handbag and understood. Brynn woke back up and drove the two back to Phil's house, where Douglas saw Phil's lifeless body. He called paramedics and the police, but when the police arrived Brynn fled to the bedroom where Phil was. Brynn pulled out a second revolver and committed suicide by shooting herself in the head.� Brynn was extremely jealous of Phil�s success. She had attempted for years to become an established actress but even with Phil as her husband, she just couldn�t break into acting. I have read in many places that Phil was seeking a divorce from her at the time of the murder not only because of the abuse but because she was an alcoholic and using cocaine. To read more about what happened, her is a site that has a lot of details about their lives and deaths: here
Survivor I winner Richard Hatch was found guilty in September 2001, of domestic assault. Hatch was sentenced to one year of probation for an August incident in which he allegedly shoved his ex-boyfriend, Glenn Boyanowski, down a flight of stairs.
In February 2001, former heavyweight boxing champion Riddick Bowe was arrested and charged with third-degree assault for a fight with his wife, Terri Bowe. Police arrived at the Bowe house on Long Island and found Terri Bowe �suffering from cuts and bruises,� according to the Associated Press. Riddick Bowe pleaded innocent to charges of assaulting his wife, and was released from jail on $2,500 bail. The AP reports that the couple is �splitting up after a �very brief marriage.�� Bowe was arrested again in March 2003 on a domestic violence charge of second-degree assault, less than one week before he was scheduled to begin serving a prison sentence for abducting his first wife, Judy, and their five children. Bowe was arrested after Prince George�s County police responded to a domestic disturbance call. Bowe�s current wife, Terri, was taken to the hospital, but her injuries �were not believed to be serious,� according to the Washington Post. Bowe is currently serving an 18-month prison sentence for the 1998 abduction of his first wife.
In February 2004, singer James Brown was arrested and charged with criminal domestic violence for allegedly shoving his wife, Tomi Rae Brown, to the ground and threatening her with a chair. Tomi Rae Brown suffered scratches and bruises and was taken to a hospital in Augusta for treatment. Brown denied the charges and was released from jail. In 1988, Brown was charged with assaulting his then-wife Adrienne, but the charges were dropped when she refused to testify against him. When Brown was honored by the Kennedy Center for his musical career, there were protests from many domestic violence organizations for his awards.
Eminem (Marshal Mathers)
For several years, we were always hearing about Eminem and his wife, Kim. Their relationship seems like it has never been a happy one. One of them is always hitting the other. I found this report as well when looking up information on him and his wife. Apparently one of his nieces and sister-in-law accused him of domestic violence as well. Many women�s organizations have protested and made interviews about how Eminem�s songs may influence people especially young men and boys to go out and hurt their spouses, girlfriends, and mothers. He defends himself time and again saying he is against domestic violence and rape yet a lot of his songs deal with hurting Kim or his mother. I can understanding venting your frustrations about these 2 women in his life, but does he have to do it in such a public manner? Eminem, get a journal and keep it locked up.
In November 2003, television producer Ryan Haddon, wife of actor Christian Slater, was arrested in Las Vegas on a charge of misdemeanor battery domestic violence. Haddon reportedly threw a glass at Slater, cutting him in the head. Slater was taken to the hospital, where he received 20 stitches. Haddon was taken to the Clark County jail, where she was held for a 24-hour mandatory detention period before being released.
In March 2000, Former Olympic figure skater Tonya Harding pleaded not guilty to charges that she hit her boyfriend, Darren Silver, in the face with a hubcap and her fists. Harding faced up to a year in prison and a $5,000 fine. Harding told officers that she hit Silver in an effort to protect herself, but police say witnesses didn�t support her statement. And let�s not forget her putting her ex-husband up to whacking Nancy Kerrington in the knees.
On October 9, 1994, former motorcycle daredevil Evel Knievel was arrested for allegedly battering a woman. Due to lack of evidence, the domestic violence charges were dropped but he was charged with possession of a handgun that was found in his car during the arrest. Knievel pleaded innocent to violating the gun law.
In January 1998, country music singer Tracy Lawrence was convicted of abusing his estranged wife, who accused Lawrence of hitting her and making death threats after his September 12, 1997 concert. Lawrence acknowledged he slapped her but denied punching her.
In July 1997, spousal abuse charges against M*A*S*H star Harry Morgan were dropped after he completed a six-month domestic violence counseling program. Morgan was charged with abusing his wife in July 1996 after an argument that left his wife with injuries to her eye, foot and arm.
In recent news, the story of how David Hasselhoff reportedly was very abuse to his now ex-wife. All of the records pertaining to the case have been sealed to protect the couples children. The only public information is how her request for a restraining order was denied. The judge in the just told them to stay away from each other.
One of the stars of Desperate Housewives, Teri Hatcher, recently revealed that she was sexually abused as a child by her uncle. Her story shows how abuse as a child can affect your adult life years later. In an interview with Vanity fair, Teri spoke of what happened. Her book reveals how she couldn�t have intimate relations with her ex-husband while they were married. I watched Oprah�s interview with her after the book was released. Teri said she knew the exact date her daughter was conceived because that was the only day that year that she had sex with her husband.