Busey arrested on spousal abuse complaint

Tuesday, December 11th 2001, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

MALIBU, Calif. (AP) _ Gary Busey was arrested and booked for investigation of spousal abuse after his ex-wife called deputies to complain the actor left her bruised, authorities said.

Busey, the Oscar-nominated star of 1978's ``The Buddy Holly Story,'' was arrested at his Malibu home around 6 p.m. on Dec. 2, said Sgt. Tim Youngern of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.

The 57-year-old actor, who grew up in Tulsa, Okla., was booked at the Lost Hills station for investigation of spousal abuse and was released a short time later on $50,000 bond, the sergeant said Tuesday.

Busey's ex-wife, Tiani, called deputies to the home.

``Deputies observed bruises and her statement led to his arrest,'' Youngern said. ``We are investigating. The bruises many not have been inflicted by him.''

Busey is no longer represented by manager Herb Nanas or attorney Arthur Soll, who handled the actor's divorce case and said Tuesday he didn't know how to reach the actor. Busey has no representation listed with the Screen Actors Guild.

Busey and Tiani were married Sept. 23, 1996, about a year after paramedics were called to Busey's Malibu home by his future bride, who said he had collapsed after using cocaine. Authorities filed drug charges, but they were dropped after he enrolled in a drug-rehabilitation program.

The couple divorced in June 2000.

Busey's other films include 1992's ``Under Siege'' and 1993's ``The Firm.''