Fri Apr 5, 7:51 PM ET
"Bachelor Party" Babe Kitaen Busted
The Cleveland Indians play in Detroit on Friday. While you may not care about sports news, you should care that the baseball club's road trip will put at least 2,500 miles between onetime music-video babe Tawny Kitaen and her pitcher hubby.
Cleveland Indians pitcher Chuck Finley warms up Friday, April 5, 2002 in Detroit. Finley rejoined the team Friday after missing his opening day start because his wife was charged with kicking him in their car. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
Kitaen, perhaps best known for writhing around on car hoods in Whitesnake videos from the hair band-friendly late 1980s, has been ordered by authorities to keep her distance from Indians star Chuck Finley after she was arrested Monday night for allegedly kicking the bejesus out of the guy with her high-heel shoes.
The 40-year-old actress, alternately best known for bouncing around in the 1984 Tom Hanks frat-boy comedy Bachelor Party, faces two misdemeanor counts of spousal abuse and battery.
Now free on her own recognizance, Kitaen spent 48 hours in an Orange County, California, slammer following her arrest. She is scheduled to be arraigned April 29.
Officials say the 5-foot-7, 145-pound Kitaen kicked the 6-foot-6, 225-pound Finley with her killer pumps, gouging him in the thigh, leg and arm as he drove them to their Newport Beach, California, home on Monday. The fun couple was said to be returning from dinner.
No word on what the Finleys consumed during their meal out on the town. We just know that authorities allege Kitaen went on to twist Finley's ear (while he was driving) and put her high-heeled foot on top of Finley's gas-pedal-depressing foot (while he was still driving).
While their Land Rover SUV didn't spin out of control, the battle did when the two finally arrived home, prompting an unknown person--not Finley, and presumably not Kitaen--to place an emergency call to 911.
"Our officers responded and determined that she was the aggressor, and she was taken into custody," Newport Beach police Sgt. Steve Shulman told the Orange County Register.
It's Kitaen's second arrest in less than six months. According to records pulled by the Register, she also got collared December 13 for allegedly keying a car in Newport Beach. She's due in court to answer to that charge on April 18.
Finley, who was in Southern California this week while the Indians played his former Anaheim Angels, was scheduled to start Wednesday's game, but begged off even coming to the ballpark.
"What he's going through are the regular ups and downs people go through in their personal life," Indians general manager Mark Shapiro told reporters in masterful understatement.
Finley, who suffered "visible injuries" including a "very red" ear, according to the Orange County District Attorney's Office, is expected to rejoin the Indians as soon as this weekend.
Kitaen and Finley, 39, have two daughters. Married in 1997, they have been an item since the early '90s. Their first child, Merin, was born in 1993. Last year, ESPN.com readers named Kitaen the fourth-greatest sports wife of all time. (Her work with Whitesnake seemed to help her top the likes of the ex-Mrs. David Justice, aka Halle Berry.)
Kitaen, whose credits have dwindled following a 1992-94 stint hosting America's Funniest People on ABC, sowed her wild oats with everyone from funnyman Jerry Seinfeld to un-funnyman O.J. Simpson before digging in, so to speak, with Finley.
And just so you know those Whitesnake videos were no coincidence, she was married to lead singer David Coverdale from 1989-1991.
Copyright © 2002 E! Online, Inc. Copyright © 2002 Yahoo! Inc.