News Segment


November 22, 2006

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Actress Tawny Kitaen, best known for starring in a series of 1980s heavy metal videos, has been charged with possessing 15 grams of cocaine, prosecutors said.

Kitaen, 45, could face up to three years in prison if she is convicted on the single count of possessing a controlled substance, Orange County District Attorney’s spokeswoman Susan Schroeder said on Tuesday.

Schroeder said police were summoned in May to the home Kitaen shares with her two children in San Juan Capistrano, California, and discovered 15 grams of cocaine in a restroom and bathroom.

Kitaen, who starred alongside Tom Hanks in the 1984 film “Bachelor Party” and has made a number of TV appearances, may be best known for writhing on the hood of a car in a music video for the band Whitesnake at the height of heavy metal’s mid-1980s popularity.

The actress, who once dated former football star O.J. Simpson, also made headlines when she was arrested in 2002 for attacking her husband, major league baseball pitcher Chuck Finley, with her fists and high heels.

The couple later divorced and the charges were dismissed after Kitaen agreed to attend counseling.

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