Actor Ryan O’Neal has spoken up about having been arrested this past weekend. He was charged with investigation of assault with a deadly weapon and negligent discharge of a firearm. The baby faced actor says that it was purely self defense.
O’Neal says that his son, Griffin, picked up a fireplace poker and began swinging it around. The poker grazed Ryan O’Neal a number of times before the actor decided to run up to his room and grab his gun. Ryan O’Neal fired at the banister, scaring his son who had followed him up the stairs and resulting in Griffin’s leaving. Griffin O’Neal’s pregnant girlfriend was brought to the hospital for treatment of minor injuries and discharged.
Ryan O’Neal said that the incident took place after he arrived home with some friends. The group included his former girlfriend, Farah Fawcett, whose birthday they had been celebrating – it was Farah’s 60th. They were also celebrating the fact that Fawcett was now cancer free after four months of treatment.
No one knows what caused Griffin O’Neal to act as he did. He has not been available for comment.