Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Soap Star Police Blotter Grows

The soap world is buzzing this week over the stunning arrest of Nathaniel Marston. But this is nothing new for soaps. Here's a run down of some of the many soap star arrests over the past few years.

October 2007
Nathaniel Marston ("One Life to Live") was charged with four felony counts Monday—second-degree assault, menacing, reckless endangerment and resisting arrest—stemming from a brawl in New York on Sunday, October 21, at 4:30am,that left one man hospitalized and a police officer injured. According to a criminal complaint filed in Manhattan Criminal Court, the 32-year-old soap hunk attacked three men by swinging a metal crate at them in midtown Manhattan. Marson isn't a stranger to New York's finest. Back in 1999, he was arrested for punching out an ATM. He was working on CBS' "As the World Turns" at the time.

September 2007
Adam Rickitt ("Shortland Street"), international soap star and singer, was arrested for shoplifting in New Zealand. The 28-year-old hunk, who starred in British soap "Coronation Street", admitted to police he stole cheese, a bottle of HP sauce and a jar of coffee from a store in Auckland. He was escorted to a police station by cops and will appear in court at a later date. He says, "I was so stressed out that without realising, or thinking, during my weekly shop of $200, I failed to pay at the checkout. "My actions were without malicious intent. I wasn't thinking straight at that moment. I can't apologise enough." Rickitt is in New Zealand starring in the popular soap "Shortland Street".

Kirsten Storms ("General Hospital"), was pulled over for throwing a lit cigarette out of her car. The officer then noticed a strong smell of alcohol emitting from her car. Storms failed sobriety tests and then was arrested and eventually released. It is presumed she will continue as Maxie on GH. Previously, Storms played Belle Black on "Days of Our Lives" prior to the current portrayer, Martha Madison.

Sean Kanan (ex-"General Hospital" and "The Bold and the Beautiful") was arrested, on his second DUI charge. This arrest fell nearly on the 10-year anniversary of his first DUI, which was in 1998. With a second arrest, he could face up to one year in jail. Kanan most recently played Deacon Sharpe on "The Bold and the Beautiful".

December 2006
Ben Freeman ("Emmerdale") was granted bail after being accused of raping a 16-year-old British girl while on holiday in Barbados. The 26-year-old, who plays Scott Windsor in the ITV soap, was arrested on the Caribbean island last week. The court ruled Mr Freeman, of West Yorkshire, could leave the country, setting bail at 100,000 Barbados dollars (£26,000).

January 2006
Cleveland Campbell (ex-"Emmerdale") was accused of breaking the jaw of a partygoer following a 21st birthday bash for then-girlfriend ("Hollyoaks" actress) Gemma Atkinson at a hotel in Bury. Campbell was arrested on January 26, 2006. He played antiques dealer Danny Daggert in "Emmerdale", was at the time the boyfriend of Bury-born Miss Atkinson.

March 20005
Jason Cook ("Days of Our Lives") was arrested after he allegedly became argumentative with airport officials who found a pipe with marijuana debris in his luggage. The "Days of Our Lives" actor was arrested at the Des Moines International Airport about 6 a.m. Monday on charges of public intoxication and possession of drug paraphernalia.

December 2004
Dean Gaffney (ex-"EastEnders") spent Christmas night in police cells after a "large fight" at his family home. Police and ambulance services went to the house shortly before midnight after getting a 999 call. Gaffney, 26, who played Albert Square's hapless road sweeper Robbie Jackson until leaving in December 2003, was arrested and put in the cells.

November 2004
Jimmi Harkishin ("Coronation Street") was arrested after a clothing store suspected him of stealing. Harkishin,who plays shopkeeper Dev in the soap, was held by staff until police arrived.

September 2002
Joe McGann ("Night and Day") was arrested for allegedly trying to break into his ex-girlfriend's house. It is believed the unnamed woman dialled 999 claiming he had kicked down her front door.

The list goes on and on. And we won't get into how ATWT just hired a man (Wole Parks) who was charged in a hit and run which caused a woman's death last year.

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