May 7, 2009
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Kiefer Sutherland to turn himself in to NY police following scuffle with designer at costume gala

May 7, 2009

NEW YORK (Reuters Life!) - TV star Kiefer Sutherland planned to turn himself into New York City police on Thursday 7 May, a police spokesman said, after media reports the actor had assaulted another man.

The spokesman, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the star of hit television show "24" planned to turn himself in to a police station in the Manhattan neighborhood of Soho.

Police said Wednesday Sutherland would likely face a minor assault charge.

Several media outlets reported that Sutherland is accused of headbutting fashion designer Jack McCollough at a Monday night party after an annual costume gala held by the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

The Manhattan District Attorney's office was not immediately available for comment.

A representative for the actor, who is serving five years probation on a drunken driving charge in Los Angeles, was not immediately available to comment.

A criminal charge, even a minor one, could have harsh consequences for the 42-year-old actor, who plays tough-minded special agent Jack Bauer on the TV thriller.

He was arrested in 2007 for drunken driving in Los Angeles and served 48 days in a Southern California jail. At the time of his arrest, Sutherland was on probation for a previous drunken driving violation.

Frank Mateljan, a spokesman for the Los Angeles City Attorney's Office, said Los Angeles officials will contact New York detectives to learn details of their investigation.

"If we can establish that there was a violation of the probation, then it would be up to a judge to levy whatever penalties are appropriate," Mateljan said on Wednesday.

(Reporting by Edith Honan in New York and Alex Dobuzinskis in Los Angeles, writing by Michelle Nichols)

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