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Josh Brolin Discusses 2004 Domestic Violence Arrest For The First Time

Posted by Steve Karimi | Jun 25, 2018 | 0 Comments

The Hollywood press corps has a long history of getting every detail related to a celebrity domestic violence event. One incident that has remained shrouded in secrecy, however, is Josh Brolin's 2004 arrest for domestic violence. At the time, Brolin was arrested on suspicion of battering actress Diane Lane in the home that they shared. Neither party was ever willing to speak about the incident with the press until now. In a recent interview with the New York Times, Brolin spoke about the 2004 incident.

While agreeing to talk about the arrest for the first time, Brolin was short on details. His statements were carefully constructed, and he made no effort to justify his actions: “I've never been so careful with my words. Ever. Maybe in all 50 years. And there's no reason for me to be other than there's no explaining it,” said Brolin during his New York Times interview. “Do you know what I mean? The only person who can explain that would be Diane, and she's chosen not to, so I'm O.K. with that.”

At the time, a spokesperson for the couple described the incident as “a misunderstanding at their home.” The spokesperson went on to say that Lane declined to press charges, but that an arrest was made due to police policy. Brolin was charged with spousal battery and released on $20,000 bail.

“I was more reactive, I was more, ‘People need to know the truth,' ” Brolin said while discussing his feelings immediately after the arrest. “Whatever I say is going to sound like compensation for a perpetrator. I've gotten to a place where all that matters is that I have control over my behavior, and at that time, it was a little more chaotic.”

Seattle Domestic Violence Charges

In Washington State, domestic violence charges involve the commission of other crimes against a member of your household. They can also occur with people you have an intimate relationship with. Domestic violence charges can be considered misdemeanors or felonies depending on the circumstances surrounding the incident. Assault is the most common charge associated with domestic violence, but there is a list of specific crimes that can turn into domestic violence charges. Those charges include:

  • Felony or misdemeanor assault
  • Drive-by shooting
  • Reckless endangerment
  • Coercion
  • Burglary
  • Criminal trespass
  • Malicious mischief
  • Kidnapping
  • Unlawful imprisonment
  • Violation of the provisions of a restraining or no-contact order
  • Rape
  • Stalking
  • Interference with the reporting of domestic violence

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Steve Karimi

Steve Karimi attended Pepperdine University School of Law. After graduation he worked as a prosecutor in Seattle where he gained valuable insight to the criminal justice system. Attorney Karimi uses his experiences as a prosecutor everyday only now he fights for the justice of those accused.


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