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Actor Lou Diamond Phillips Arrested

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Actor Lou Diamond Phillips, who starred in the 1987 film "La Bamba," was jailed early on Friday on suspicion of domestic abuse against his live-in girlfriend, Los Angeles police said.

Officers responding to a domestic violence call in the Los Angeles suburb of Northridge took Phillips, 44, into custody, police spokeswoman Martha Garcia said. She said the actor was held on $50,000 bail.

"He was involved in a verbal argument with his live-in girlfriend which escalated to physical abuse," Garcia said. "He was arrested on suspicion of co-habitant abuse."

A spokesman for Phillips, best known for his role as teenage rock'n'roll pioneer Ritchie Valens in "La Bamba," said the performer had been released from custody.

"He was released on his own recognizance a little bit before noon," publicist Erik Bright said. "There have been no charges pressed and it was a misunderstanding."

Phillips was nominated for a Golden Globe award for his work in the 1988 film "Stand and Deliver" and has since had dozens of film and TV roles


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