Jason James Richter, who played Jesse in family friendly classic Free Willy, has been arrested.
The former child star, now 38 years old, was arrested on Monday October 15 in San Fernando Valley, California for misdemeanour domestic violence.
Richter was reportedly in jail for two nights before being released on a $20,000 bail on Wednesday
A source told TMZ how Richter had an argument with his girlfriend at their home at approximately 7pm.
Law enforcement sources alleged Richter questioned his girlfriend about a coworker, asking whether they were having an affair. The argument escalated and Richter left the home. However, he returned to the property a short while later.
The girlfriend told officer how she had locked herself in the bedroom. Richter allegedly broke down the door to enter the bedroom, before pulling her into the living room.
The girlfriend arrived at the police station four hours after the incident to file a report, making a claim of domestic violence.
As reported by TMZ, Richter has been charged with one count of vandalism and another count of battery on a significant other with no physical injury. If Richter is found to be guilty, he could serve up to a one year prison sentence.
🎬'Free Willy' starring Jason James Richter premiered in theaters 25 years ago today, July 16, 1993 pic.twitter.com/Z18D9buIOa
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