Phillips Pleads No Contest to Beating Up Girlfriend
Actor received three years of probation
On Thursday, Dec. 7, the actor was sentenced to three years of probation, 200 hours of community service and a year of domestic violence counseling after he pled no contest to domestic battery, reports TMZ.com.
On Aug. 11, the TV/movie star was was arguing with his live-in girlfriend when things got physical. She then "was pushed and dragged across the house resulting in scrapes to both knees," says City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo in a statement. The girlfriend freed herself, locked herself in the bathroom and then called 911.
Around 2 a.m., the police arrived and arrested the actor. He was held for about 10 hours before he was released on $50,000 bail.
Phillips, 44, was first married to Julie Cypher, who left him for rocker Melissa Etheridge, and then to former makeup artist Kelly Phillips before separating with her last year. Together they have three children: 8-year-old twins Grace and Isabella and 6-year-old Lili Jordan.
Phillips is best known for his film roles in "La Bamba" and "Stand and Deliver," but lately he's been making guest appearances on television series such as "Law & Order: SVU," "24" and "Numb3rs."