LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – An actor best known for his role in the movie “Free Willy” and its sequel “Free Willy 2: The Adventure Home” was arrested on suspicion of domestic violence.
Jason James Richter was taken into custody Monday night in the San Fernando Valley and remained jailed until Wednesday when he was released on $20,000 bail, the celebrity news website TMZ.com reported.
Richter had an argument with his girlfriend at their home around 7 p.m. Monday night and when she ran to the bedroom and locked the door, Richter allegedly broke the door down and a source said “it got physical” TMZ reported.
The woman went to police four hours later and filed a domestic violence report.
Police told TMZ the girlfriend said Richter grabbed her wrists, but sources said officers did not see any visible marks.
Richter has been charged with a single count of vandalism and another count of battery, TMZ said. If convicted, he could face up to a year in jail.
Richter played the role of “Jesse” in both movies. The 38-year-old actor went on the make guest appearances on television shows such as “Sabrina, the Teenage Witch,” “Bones and “Criminal Minds.” IMDb.com lists several upcoming films for Richter.
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