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Actor Lou Diamond Phillips Arrested

8/11/2006 1:18 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

UPDATE 4:00 p.m. ET: TMZ has learned that Phillips was released from jail on his own recognizance at 12:00 p.m. PT He did not post bail. Representatives for Phillips tell TMZ that no charges will be filed and that the entire incident was a "misunderstanding."

TMZ has learned that actor Lou Diamond Phillips was arrested early Friday morning for alleged domestic violence.

Police were called to a home in Northridge, Calif. around 2:00 a.m. and found Phillips and his live-in girlfriend in an argument. The couple had apparently gotten into a heated verbal disagreement that escalated and allegedly became physical. Phillips was arrested and taken to the Devonshire police station where he is currently being held on $50,000 bail. The name of the woman was not released.

Phillips is perhaps best known for his portrayal of 50's teen idol Ritchie Valens in "La Bamba" and has most recently been seen on NBC's "Law & Order: SVU" and various other TV guest star appearances.

TMZ is awaiting comment and more information from Phillips' rep.


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Nice one La Bamba

2974 days ago

the kid    

Hey, s*** happens... can't go beatin on em though even if they have it coming. Funny how the wimmin can beat on the men though without consequense.

2974 days ago

Alex Rogers    

I cant think of anything funny to say. Domestic Violence bad.

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2974 days ago


You forgot Supernova and Young Guns...... Those were much better than La Bamba.

2974 days ago

U Know Who    

LDP, was in that film in 1998 "The Big Hit"...doh guess he got literal eh?


2974 days ago


First Dustin Diamond gets mugged, now Lou Diamond Phillips gets arrested. I don't know about you, but if I'm Neil Diamond, I'm not going out for a couple of days.

2974 days ago

No legs in Texas :(    

I guess Diamonds aren't always a girl's best friend!

2974 days ago

Alex Rogers    

Beating her is not the answer.

2974 days ago


this shit is NOT funny

2974 days ago


Abuse is abuse! Go to jail Do not pass go! Do not collect $200

2974 days ago

Alex Rogers    

I dont want you on my tv show anymore

2974 days ago

Alex Rogers    

Actor Lou diamon Philips Alive

I was surprised as you all might have been to discover that LDP is not dead but is in fact living in a house in a California community called Northridge.

After learning about the success that Lindsay Lohan has had at drumming up publicity LDP decided to try his hand at driving the spin machine. Turns out that it is more difficult than he expected, and this was his unfortunate effort at publicity.

Mr. Philips was unavailable for comment, as he is going to prison, but his live in girlfriend was quoted as saying

"Ouch, that really hurt. You beat me."

Although failing to drum up any positive publicity whatsoever, the LDP camp said that "bad news is better than no news". Gossip rags like TMZ welcomed this news as there was a lull in domestic violence incidents in the Hollywood community, and it is expected that they can rally around this event.

2974 days ago


Lou did a bang up job playing a really bad dude on SVU this past season. Perhaps he's a method actor after all and is having a hard time getting out of character.

2974 days ago


That was was hilarious. Just perfect!

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