Former "Melrose Place" star Heather Locklear, 56, has pleaded not guilty to charges of battery against a police officer following a domestic abuse incident with her boyfriend. Lawyers pleaded not guilty on her behalf to five charges—four counts of misdemeanor battery on a police officer and one charge of resisting or obstructing a police officer—on Thursday, while Locklear spends time in rehab, People reports.
The charges stemmed from Locklear's arrest in February 2018. Authorities were called to the Thousand Oaks, California home of the 56-year-old actress following a domestic incident in which she claimed that Chris Hessier strangled her and that she was afraid he would kill her. During the visit, authorities said that Locklear was combative and violent.
Hessier denied those allegations, saying, “‘I didn’t touch her." The couple, who reconnected decades after knowing each other in high school, looked happy as recently as late November — Locklear posted a photo on Instagram captioned "Thankful for you."
"She was extremely uncooperative right off the bat,” Sargent Eric told People following the arrest. “She became combative with the deputies to the point where she was arrested not only for felony domestic battery but three counts of battery on a police officer.”
The Ventura County district attorney tells People that each of the five counts carries a maximum sentence of one year.
Police on the scene noted that Locklear threatened them with physical violence.
"You f*cking deserve your kids to die! You f*cking deserve it," she allegedly said according to the police report, shared by People. “'I hope no one f*cking burns your entire department down, your f*cking police department...Get the f*ck off my property. Don’t ever come on it. All of you are not allowed … I will shoot you if you come on my property and take that as a threat and f*cking put another count against me.'"
Following the incident, Locklear is no longer allowed to carry a firearm. She had a legally registered gun but authorities were unable to find it following a search.
Locklear, who has battled substance issues in the past, checked into rehab following the arrest, reported E!. While she had been arrested for felony domestic battery against boyfriend Hessier, those charges were dropped in March, according to People.
A pretrial conference is set for June 7, CNN reports.
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