Ryan O'Neal is accused of assaulting son

People and Places

People and Places

February 05, 2007

Authorities have accused Oscar-nominated actor Ryan O'Neal of assaulting his adult son at the actor's home over the weekend.

Deputies and paramedics were called to O'Neal's Malibu, Calif., home at 12:30 a.m. Saturday "regarding a battery that had occurred," Los Angeles County Sheriff's Lt. John Benedict said yesterday.

"Deputies determined ... Griffin O'Neal, his son, had been assaulted by his father," Benedict said.

Ryan O'Neal, 65, was arrested and accused of assault with a deadly weapon and negligent discharge of a firearm. He was released on a $50,000 bond.

Benedict could provide no details on what caused the dispute. No one was treated for injuries.

Directors pick Scorsese

Martin Scorsese won the top honor Saturday from the Directors Guild of America for his mob saga The Departed, moving him a step closer to finally receiving Hollywood's biggest filmmaking prize at the Academy Awards. The guild winner usually goes on to win the best-director Oscar.

Scorsese pointed out that "If you look at the graph at the spikes at where the picture is doing really great figures, it's like looking at a veritable map of the American underworld," such as Boca Raton, Fla. "Vegas, forget about it, it was amazing."

Walter Hill won the guild's directing honor for TV movies for the Western Broken Trail.

Craig wins, Mirren doesn't

Daniel Craig was honored but Helen Mirren was denied yesterday at the 34th annual Evening Standard British Film Awards.

Craig was named best actor for Casino Royale, his debut outing as James Bond. He has won both critical praise and box office favor as the first blond Bond.

Mirren, who is an Academy Awards favorite for her turn as Queen Elizabeth II in The Queen, lost the best actress prize to Judi Dench, awarded for her portrayal of a predatory schoolteacher in Notes on a Scandal.

The best-film prize went to United 93, Paul Greengrass' harrowing dramatization of the final flight of one of the planes hijacked in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.


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