Finley's Wife Pleads Innocent To Domestic Violence Charges

SANTA ANA, Calif. - She didn't show up in court on Monday, but Tawny Kitaen's defense team pleaded innocent on her behalf to domestic violence charges, Action News reported.

The 40-year-old actress (pictured in mug shot, right) is accused of kicking and hitting her husband, Cleveland Indians pitcher Chuck Finley, earlier this month, while the couple was coming home from dinner in California.

Finley has since filed for divorce from Kitaen, citing her alleged abuse of prescription medication as the grounds for their separation. In his divorce petition filed in Orange County Superior Court, Finley said that he fears for the safety of his children because of Kitaen's drug-induced behavior.

If convicted on the domestic violence charges, Kitaen could be sentenced to a year behind bars and ordered to pay a $6,000 fine.