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Lou Diamond Phillips Cops Plea in Abuse Case

12/7/2006 3:09 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Lou in Court -- Click to WatchActor Lou Diamond Phillips has pled no contest to charges that he brutalized his girlfriend.

Phillips was arrested and booked on August 11, 2006 for an argument with his girlfriend that turned physical. Police were called to the actor's home around 2:00 AM and found the couple in a heated argument.

TMZ was the only crew to catch Phillips on his way in and out of the Los Angeles area courtroom earlier today, where he learned his fate.

Phillips, who shot to fame as Ritchie Valens in "La Bamba," was sentenced to one year of domestic violence counseling, 200 hours of community service and three years probation.

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joe    

lou diamond who?

2774 days ago
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I Hate Harvey    

Huh!

2774 days ago
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Hollywood Snark    

#1 - LoL! Isn't that Neal Diamond's cousin or something?

2774 days ago
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Ok    

"La Bamba" is one of my favorite movies ever! LMAO

"RITCHIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!"

2774 days ago
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laura    

Not my Ritchie!!!!

2774 days ago
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Jason    

I find this so hard to believe. Lou lives in my neighborhood and is always such a nice guy. I see him at my local supermarket all the time and he’s always so nice to everyone. I guess you never really now what goes on behind closed doors…

2774 days ago
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Jeff    

His girlfriend is CRAZY! Everyone who knows her will tell you the same.

2773 days ago
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Adrienne    

If your first wife dumped you for Melissa Etheridge, you'd have a lot of pent up rage, too!

2773 days ago
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patty cake    

Lou Diamond WIFEBEATER.....his name from now on..... a**hole. enjoy those classes...

2773 days ago
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Cliff    

First off I do not condone anyone hitting or abusing anyone, being female or male, violence is just not the answer to any situation.
I never would have thought I would defend Lou in a public forum, although I knew him personally as I worked for him as his Personal Assistant and Road Manager. Lou is truly a nice guy, sometimes difficult to figure out because he tends to keep some things held within, although all in all a nice guy. I am sure he found himself in a situation that he felt trapped and dropped to what he thought was his last resort. Now everyone on here putting him down at this point, has more then once done something they should not have. The only difference between yourself and Lou at this point, is that he is a known performer and your not. I am sure there are things you have done in private or in public that you hope will never come out, so why condemn Lou for making a mistake. What should be said here is that there are things he can learn to have a different outcome if he ever finds himself in the same situation in the future.
And for the posters that say he is known for this, since the time I met him, I have never heard of any similar situations. His first wife Julie left for her own reasons, and is a very kind person. If their relationship is still how it was when I last spoke to Lou, Julie and Lou could not be kinder or friendlier to each other. They have a lot of love between them and a lot of history, so that completely debunks those that associate her leaving for alleged assaults.

2773 days ago

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