It has been some time since audiences were widely acquainted with Jason James Richter, the former child actor best known for his work in the lead role of Free Willy. Since starring in the whale-based coming-of-age drama, as well as its sequels, Free Willy 2: The Adventure Home and Free Willy 3: The Rescue, the actor has kept working but his profile has been much lower. He hasn't re-acquired the fame he once had in his youth, and now, he's reportedly in a whole bunch of deep legal concern. As it's being reported, Richter was just taken into custody for charges related to misdemeanor domestic violence.
Here's what we know about Jason James Richter's recent arrest. As it was reported by TMZ, the one-time child actor was taken into custody on Monday in the San Fernando Valley. It is believed that the arrest is related to charges of misdemeanor domestic violence. He was released from jail on Wednesday, following a two-night stay in jail. As of the time of writing, he is charged with one count of battery, related to a significant other with no physical injury, as well as one count of vandalism. If he is found guilty of these crimes, there's a good chance Richter will spend a year inside a jail cell.
According to the report, here's what happened. Near 7 p.m. on Monday, Jason James Richter was arguing with his girlfriend. The argument was believed to be about one of her co-workers. Richter kept asking the woman if she was having an affair. That's around the time things got heated.
Jason James Richter reportedly left in the middle of the heated disagreement, but he wasn't gone for long. It was shortly thereafter that he came back to the residence, as the woman told the police in her report, and she locked herself in the bedroom. Richter then proceeded to try to break down the door and get to the girlfriend. When Richer broke the door down, he allegedly took her into the living room. She claimed he "grabbed" her by the wrists, although the cops claimed there were no marks visible on her person. It was four hours later when she filed the police report, claiming domestic violence.
Jason James Richter and his attorneys are denying the allegations at this time, claiming the argument never got physical. It will ultimately be up to the court to figure out what happened that evening, and they will determine whether or not Richter is guilty of the crimes he is being accused of right now.
In addition to the Free Willy movies, Jason James Richter is also known for his role in The Neverending Story III, as well as for appearances in Sabrina, The Teenage Witch, Bones, Tekken, and Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior. The former child actor will next be seen in The Brawler, Driver, Infidelity, 818 and Ghost in the Graveyard, all of which are expected to be released either later this year or sometime next year. We'll keep you posted on the latest news and updates in pop culture and more.
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Will is an entertainment writer based in Pittsburgh, PA. His writing can also be found in The Playlist, Cut Print Film, We Got This Covered, The Young Folks, Slate and other outlets. He also co-hosts the weekly film/TV podcast Cinemaholics with Jon Negroni and he likes to think he's a professional Garfield enthusiast.
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