August 11, 2006

Actor Lou Diamond Phillips arrested

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Actor Lou Diamond Phillips, who
starred in the 1987 film "La Bamba," was jailed early on Friday
on suspicion of domestic abuse against his live-in girlfriend,
Los Angeles police said.

Officers responding to a domestic violence call in the Los
Angeles suburb of Northridge took Phillips, 44, into custody,
police spokeswoman Martha Garcia said. She said the actor was
held on $50,000 bail.

"He was involved in a verbal argument with his live-in
girlfriend which escalated to physical abuse," Garcia said. "He
was arrested on suspicion of co-habitant abuse."

A spokesman for Phillips, best known for his role as
teenage rock'n'roll pioneer Ritchie Valens in "La Bamba," said
the performer had been released from custody.

"He was released on his own recognizance a little bit
before noon," publicist Erik Bright said. "There have been no
charges pressed and it was a misunderstanding."

Phillips was nominated for a Golden Globe award for his
work in the 1988 film "Stand and Deliver" and has since had
dozens of film and TV roles.