Kiefer Sutherland charged with misdemeanor assault after a fashion designer claimed the actor head-butted him at a Manhattan nightclub. The star of "24" reported to a lower Manhattan police station in a Lincoln Town Car with his criminal defense lawyers. This is not the CTU team, this is the CDA (criminal defense attorney) team.
Sutherland, 42, was interviewed by investigators, given a ticket, ordered to appear in court June 22 and is no more serious than a speeding ticket.
But it's a new embarrassment for Sutherland, who served 48 days in jail on a 2007 California DUI / drunk driving charge.
The designer, Jack McCollough of the Proenza Schouler fashion house, said Sutherland attacked him after an argument, leaving him with a cut on his face.
The encounter took place about 2 a.m. Tuesday at SubMercer, a trendy club in the basement of SoHo's Mercer Hotel.
Detectives planned to question actress Brooke Shields as a witness, since she was at the club. No LA City Attorney decision has been made on whether the assault charge will affect Sutherland's probation from the California DUI.
In September 2007, Sutherland pleaded no contest to driving with a blood-alcohol level above California's legal limit of 0.08 percent. He was sentenced to 30 days in jail, plus 18 days for violating probation in a 2004 drunk-driving arrest.
At the time, he issued a statement saying: “I'm very disappointed in myself for the poor judgment I exhibited recently, and I'm deeply sorry for the disappointment and distress this has caused my family, friends and co-workers on `24.'”
Sutherland plays dashing federal agent Jack Bauer on the hit series. He's won a Golden Globe and an Emmy for his work. The show is in its seventh season, and Sutherland has signed on for an eighth.