Thursday, September 19, 2002

Tawny Kitaen pleads down spousal abuse case

The Associated Press

        LAGUNA NIGUEL, Calif. — Actress Tawny Kitaen agreed Wednesday to a plea bargain on spousal abuse and battery charges alleging she attacked her husband, St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Chuck Finley.

        Under the deal, Kitaen did not admit guilt but agreed to enter a spousal battery counseling program. If she completes the program and other conditions of the deal, the case could eventually be dropped.

        The bargain also requires Kitaen, 40, to avoid contact with her husband, stay away from their Newport Beach home and return to court in December for a progress report.

        Orange County Superior Court Judge Pamela Iles made the agreement with Kitaen over the objection of Deputy District Attorney Debbie Johnson.

        Iles also ordered Kitaen to make a $500 donation to a battered-women's shelter, pay $400 in court costs, see only one doctor and not to change doctors without approval and take only medications prescribed by a doctor.

        If convicted of the two misdemeanor counts, she faced up to a year in jail.

        Kitaen, who appeared in such movies as “Bachelor Party” and “California Girls,” was accused of attacking her husband April 1 as the two were returning home from dinner. Police who responded to the couple's Newport Beach home said they saw abrasions and scrapes on Finley's body.

        After her arrest, Kitaen admitted to being addicted to prescription medications for depression and migraine headaches over the past two years. She checked into a rehabilitation treatment program.

        Finley and Kitaen were married in November 1997 after a well-publicized courtship.

        Finley was playing for the Cleveland Indians at the time of the April incident. He was later traded to St. Louis.


Reds Stories
Pirates 3, Reds 2
Reds Box, Runs
Radel: Cinergy Field
Griffey returns to the lineup
Reds notes: Boone rests
Santiago suspended for bumping umpire
- Tawny Kitaen pleads down spousal abuse case
Astros 3, Brewers 1
Cardinals 8, Rockies 5
Athletics 7, Angels 4
Diamondbacks 10, Padres 3
Giants 7, Dodgers 4
Mariners 3, Rangers 2, 10 innings

Bengals sticking with QB Frerotte
Coach LeBeau speaks out
Webb regrouping after 3-sack game
Bengals' show goes national
Vick: Bears assistant yelled 'take his knees out'
Browns starting QB still up in the air
Embarrassed Steelers try to rebound from 0-2 start
Lions sign RB Richard Huntley
NFL injury report
Success is all mental for kicker
UC can't host recruits at PB Stadium
Bearcats snare JUCO standout
Dayton still waiting for ECHL team
Always Cam takes Jugette in straight heats
M&M Racing pays $120,000 for Menifee colt
With Clarett hurt, three others will vie for carries
Cardinals, Army both looking to turn seasons around
Kentucky defense making plays, winning games
NCAA upholds Kentucky's bowl ban
Schnellenberger returning to Kentucky with new team
College football picks
Tiger cool toward Olympic golf
Woman qualifies for PGA Tour event
Woods wary of Ryder Cup preparations
Ewing to coach Wizards
Roddick, Blake seek U.S. revival in Davis Cup semifinal
Coverage not key to 'minor' sports
Once Indiana's worst, Southern Wells now among the best
Boys golf results
Girls golf results
Boys soccer results
Girls soccer results
Cross country results
Girls tennis results
Volleyball results
Ohio football polls
Boys soccer polls, stats
Girls soccer polls, stats
Cross country polls
High school sports schedule

Return to Reds front page...