Actress Heather Locklear is used to drama. Just perhaps not like this.
Locklear pleaded no contest Friday to misdemeanor charges stemming from two confrontations with police at her California home in 2018.
The star of such TV shows as “Melrose Place, “Dynasty” and “T.J. Hooker” didn’t show up in Ventura County Superior Court for the scheduled hearing, instead being represented by Bill Haney, one of her attorneys.
A judge handed her a 120-day jail sentence, but said she wouldn’t have to serve time if she completes a 30-day treatment program and follows the terms of a three-year probation.
She was slapped with five misdemeanor counts of battery on a peace officer, two misdemeanor counts of resisting an officer and one misdemeanor count of battery on an emergency medical technician by prosecutors.
They aren’t small charges – each count carried a maximum sentence of one year in Ventura County jail.
Locklear at first pleaded not guilty to charges, which from incidents in February and June of 2018 at her home in Thousand Oaks, California.
Officers with the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office and other first responders were called to the home over disturbances, and they say she became combative.
Her attorneys had nothing to say about the plea after Friday’s hearing.
But in arguments to Judge Ryan Wright about sentencing in the case, her attorney claims she was suffering from an illness at the time. He said the disturbances were reported and going through a “personal crisis.”
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He went on to say that many people are concerned for Locklear, but says she is doing much better now and added that “she’s apologetic to the first responders who were present.”
The judge accepted the plea and found Locklear guilty, but stayed the 120-day jail sentence he ordered on the condition that she complete a 30-day treatment program and follow the terms of her probation.
If she doesn’t comply, she’ll be taken into custody to start the jail time, Wright said.
Senior Deputy District Attorney Tom Dunlevy had argued Locklear should spend 90 days in jail. He said her reported behavior was “not an isolated incident.”
With that said, Dunlevy said he thought Wright’s ruling on Locklear’s sentence was fair, and acknowledged the judge was balancing the interests of the victims, the community, and the defendant.
In total, there were six victims alleged in the complaint – five were Ventura County sheriff’s deputies and one was an emergency medical technician.
The deputies didn’t have any long-term injuries, Dunlevy said.
Outside of that, a civil lawsuit brought by the EMT, identified as Jennifer Hayn-Hiton, alleges the single mother of three did suffer permanent injury.
There was a settlement reached in the civil case, and one week later, Locklear’s plea change came in.
Hayn-Hiton said she was injured while assisting deputies as they responded to the second disturbance reported at Locklear’s home.
Back in the February encounter, Locklear was reportedly involved in a disturbance with her boyfriend during which authorities said she threatened to shoot deputies if they returned to her house.
That resulted in five of the misdemeanor charges against Locklear.
Then there were the other three offenses, including the battery on an EMT.
That happened during the June incident after deputies were called about a disturbance at Locklear’s home, when Locklear apparently became combative again.
Hayn-Hiton was employed by ambulance operator American Medical Response. In her lawsuit, she Locklear assaulted and battered her, and that the actress intentionally inflicted emotional distress.
Although Hayn-Hiton’s attorney didn’t comment, here’s what was said in the civil complaint filed November 1, 2018:
“Defendant Heather Locklear’s conduct was so extreme so as to exceed all bounds of human decency.”
The lawsuit claims that at the actress’s house and during the ambulance ride to Los Robles Regional Medical Center, Locklear “became verbally and physically abusive,” saying she struck, kicked and battered Hayn-Hiton. The suit claims that caused serious and permanent injuries that affected her ability to return to work.
The complained also says the actress also called Hayn-Hiton vile names and wished her children “would all die of AIDS”.
On May 16, Locklear’s attorney filed a response to the lawsuit stating that the allegations were “defective and deficient.”