To the horror of fans and everyone else, Heather Locklear has been arrested for domestic violence and for allegedly assaulting a police officer.
While this isn’t the first time that Locklear’s been in trouble with the law, this sounds serious and deeply alarming.
Fans will be relieved to know that she’s taking this seriously. She is reportedly checking in to a rehab facility.
On Sunday night, Heather Locklear was arrested on suspicion of both domestic violence and assaulting a police officer.
Authorities received a disturbance call, which apparently made by Locklear’s own brother, and responded.
Upon arrival, officers noticed visible marks on the face of Locklear’s boyfriend, Chris Heisser, that they interpreted as signs of battery.
But apparently Locklear lashed out, flailing and kicking and successfully striking three officers before she was finally cuffed and carted away.
The one charge of domestic violence is a felony.
She is also facing three charges of battery of emergency responders, which are misdemeanors.
She’s been bailed out since, however.
RadarOnline reports that the 56-year-old actress has now, with the support of her boyfriend, entered a treatment facility north of Los Angeles.
This was apparently a voluntary decision that she made after being bailed out of prison.
Cynically, one could look at this move as an attempt to cover for her alleged misdeeds that happened on February 25th. Entering rehab of your own accord will look better in court.
Optimistically, maybe she’s just as horrified by her alleged actions towards her boyfriend and towards police and wants to make sure that she never does anything of the sort at any time in the future.
Notably, this is reportedly her seventh stint in rehab — at least.
Reportedly, she went to rehab over the holidays following a different domestic incident.
Police conducted a search of Locklear’s home on Tuesday.
The reason for the search is that the actress allegedly threatened to shoot them if they ever again entered her home.
No matter what her state of mind was at the time when she made that horrifying threat, that’s the sort of thing that law enforcement must take seriously.
Imagine if, the next time that something horrible like this happens at her home, officers respond to find that she makes good on her threat.
Unlikely, one hopes, but the police want to make sure that they aren’t sending officers into the jaws of death.
While hopefully it was just Locklear’s “uncooperative” and “combative” mood talking, police were unable to locate the firearm that Locklear has registered in her name.
As we mentioned, this is not Heather Locklear’s first run-in with the law. Not by a long shot, unfortunately.
In September of 2008, she was pulled over for a DUI (there’s a long story there, including it having been reported by a former gossip magazine editor who also photographed her and sold the pictures for a tidy sum).
This led to Locklear pleading no contest in 2009. It’s important to note that, thankfully, no one was injured in that case.
Also in 2008, someone who claimed to be Locklear’s doctor made a phone call claiming that the actress was attempting to commit suicide.
Though things seemed fine when responders arrived at Locklear’s home, she did end up checking into a facility for psychological issues, including anxiety and depression.
In 2012, Locklear’s sister called emergency services and reported that Locklear was taking prescription drugs and alcohol and that she feared for her sister’s life. The next day, however, Locklear appeared to be out of the woods.
Many believe that Locklear has multiple issues that haven’t been resolved or properly treated, including psychological struggles — and we doubt that she herself would disagree with that assessment at the moment.
That said … does that excuse alleged domestic battery?
Her alleged violent blow-ups have led to hospitalizations and drama before.
Some are seriously questioning whether it’s safe for anyone to be in a relationship with her at this time.
Everyone hopes that she makes a recovery and comes out of rehab with a sound mind and a commitment to being a better person.