This blog generally steers away from family law issues arising with celebrities from the entertainment world. They receive more than enough coverage from other sources.
But every “rule” is made to be broken.
In a recent television interview with a Celebrity on a media campaign, the topic of his alleged domestic abuse was broached … and casually dismissed, as though nothing.
The celebrity reportedly accidentally shot his then-fiancee some years ago.
Later on, a different woman accused him of smacking her in the head for rejecting his sexual overtures. The Celebrity settled her civil suit against him out of court.
Later, yet another woman pressed criminal charges against him for allegedly knocking her to the floor of his home. The Celebrity reportedly pleaded “no contest”.
Later, the Celebrity’s ex-wife got a domestic violence restraining order of protection against him.
Later, his subsequent wife pressed criminal charges against him for assaulting her with a knife. The Celebrity pleaded guilty and was put on probation.
Later, yet another woman pressed criminal charges against the Celebrity over the Celebrity’s rampage in a hotel room, that chased her into hiding in a locked bathroom. Police declined to prosecute.
Later, the Celebrity’s latest ex has obtained a domestic violence restraining order against him for graphic violent threats. The Celebrity’s children were removed from his home by child welfare auuthorities.
The Celebrity is handled with kid gloves and is enjoying great popularity. His recent interviewer seemed reportedly downgraded domestic violence.
Is something wrong with this picture?
What does it say about our collective attitude toward domestic violence?
Read more in this New York Times editorial: The Disposable Woman.