August 11, 2006

Lou Diamond Phillips Arrested in LA

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.

The performer was being 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 publicist for Phillips, best known for his role as teenage rock'n'roll pioneer Ritchie Valens in "La Bamba," could not immediately be reached for comment on his arrest.

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.