April 5, 2002 at 12:59 AM EST - Updated July 27 at 6:58 PM
SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) - Actress Tawny Kitaen (pictured in mug shot, right) was ordered back to court on April 29 to face charges she attacked her husband, Cleveland Indians pitcher Chuck Finley.
Kitaen was to be arraigned Wednesday but told court officials she was ill. She was released several hours later and left jail without talking to reporters.
If convicted of misdemeanor spousal abuse and battery, she faces up to a year in jail and $6,000 fine.
She was arrested after a Monday argument with Finley, who pitched for the Anaheim Angels for 14 years. She was accused of assaulting him as the couple drove home from dinner, kicking him repeatedly with her high-heels and pressing her foot down on the accelerator. He was not seriously hurt.
The 40-year-old Kitaen was ordered to have no contact with her husband. However, she will be allowed to live in the couple's Newport Beach home while Finley will stay elsewhere.
Finley, 39, who missed his spot in the Indians' pitching rotation, was expected to rejoin the team Friday in Detroit.
The couple, married in 1997, have two daughters.
Kitaen is best known for her role in the Tom Hanks movie "Bachelor Party."
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