Indians Pitcher Misses Start After Wife Allegedly Attacked Him

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) - Actress Tawny Kitaen (pictured in mug shot, top right) was charged with spousal abuse and battery for allegedly attacking her husband, Cleveland Indians pitcher Chuck Finley (pictured, bottom right).

Kitaen was arrested Monday night after arguing with Finley as they drove home from dinner, said Tori Richards, spokeswoman for the Orange County district attorney's office.

She was charged Wednesday and released from jail that night. She walked past reporters and photographers without speaking.

Finley, 39, was scheduled to make his season debut Wednesday against his former team, the Anaheim Angels, for whom he pitched 14 seasons. He was scratched from his start and did not come to the stadium.

A third party had called 911 on Monday after the couple arrived at their Newport Beach home, Richards said. Police arrested Kitaen after noticing abrasions and scrapes on Finley.

The pitcher was driving Monday night when the couple began arguing, and Kitaen kicked him with her high-heeled shoes, Richards said.

"She kicked him in the thigh, in the leg, in the arm, she grabbed his ear and twisted it," Richards said. "At one point, her high-heel shoe was on top of his foot pressing the accelerator to the ground."

If convicted of the two misdemeanor counts, Kitaen, 40, faces up to a year in jail and a $6,000 fine. A judge issued a restraining order barring her from having any contact with Finley.

Indians general manager Mark Shapiro said Finley called him "to say that he wouldn't be able to make the game tonight." He said the pitcher is expected to join the team in Detroit, where the Indians open a three-game series on Friday.

"My attitude is, it's the same as with any player in the organization. Everyone has issues outside of being a major league player that they have to deal with in life," Shapiro said.

Finley and Kitaen, whose real name is Julie, were married in 1997. They have two daughters.

Kitaen is best known for her role in the 1984 Tom Hanks movie "Bachelor Party." She's also appeared in such TV shows as "Seinfeld," "Married ... with Children," and "The Howard Stern Show."

She was previously married to David Coverdale, lead singer for the British heavy metal band Whitesnake.

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