Former Golden Globe nominee Joey Heatherton’s career has slowly faded away over the years, but her ability to generate headlines certainly has not. Since the early 1970s, she’s done everything from break up with an NFL star to bitch slap a government employee to stab her boyfriend. Now, she can add another strange entry to that personal life drama file thanks to a vicious attack she allegedly put on her neighbor.
Details are still a little fuzzy on what exactly happened, but in short, Joey Heatherton and her neighbor have allegedly been at war for some time over noise. The actress/ model/ Playboy playmate apparently didn’t appreciate the ruckus the woman upstairs made every morning, specifically when she used her blender. After more than a few bangs on the ceiling didn’t quiet her down, Heatherton allegedly waited for the neighbor inside of their apartment building’s lobby and attacked her with a high heeled shoe.
No one involved has spoken publicly about the alleged assault, but the supposed victim, Chandra Arend, did go to court and get a restraining order. According to TMZ, she’s now filed a lawsuit, as well, though it’s unclear if she’s looking more for money or another ruling that would give her more leverage to make the restraining order permanent.
Heatherton first rose to fame in the very late 1950s and early 1960s as a child actress. She appeared on numerous television shows and specials with Bob Hope and became recognized as a lights out dancer. She later turned primarily toward movies and was nominated for a Golden Globe in 1964 for Twilight of Honor. Some television specials and movies followed into the late 60s and early 1970s, but it’s around that point that her personal life took over.
She married Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Lance Rentzel, but after he was arrested for allegedly exposing himself to a 10-year-old girl, they divorced in pretty ugly fashion. During the mid-1980s, she was arrested for allegedly slapping a clerk at the U.S. Passport Agency office right in the face. A year later, she was arrested again for allegedly going after her ex-boyfriend/ ex-manager with 2 knives during some kind of bizarre ninja assault. All of that, coupled with periodic accusations of abusing various drugs and not eating, have been enough to derail any dreams of a comeback. More than likely, that history won’t help her in court with this latest case either.
Pop Blend’s sincerest thoughts go out to both Joey Heatherton and the alleged victim. Here’s to hoping they can find a way to live next to each other in peace.
Enthusiastic about Clue, case-of-the-week mysteries, the NBA and cookies at Disney World. Less enthusiastic about the pricing structure of cable, loud noises and Tuesdays.
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