Former Tribe Pitcher's Actress Wife Agrees To Plea Bargain In Spousal Abuse Case
September 19, 2002 at 4:53 PM EST - Updated July 1 at 8:20 AM
LAGUNA NIGUEL, Calif. (AP) - Actress Tawny Kitaen agreed Wednesday to a plea bargain on spousal abuse and battery charges alleging she attacked her husband, St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Chuck Finley.
Under the deal, Kitaen didn't admit guilt but agreed to enter a spousal battery counseling program. If she completes the program and other conditions of the deal, the case could eventually be dropped.
Kitaen, 41, also must avoid contact with her husband and make a $500 donation to a battered-women's shelter. If convicted of the two misdemeanor counts, she faced up to a year in jail.
Kitaen, who appeared in the feature film "Bachelor Party" and the TV movie "California Girls," was accused of attacking her husband April 1 as the two were returning home from dinner. Police said they saw abrasions and scrapes on Finley's body.
Finley was playing for the Cleveland Indians at the time. He was later traded to St. Louis.
Finley and Kitaen were married in 1997.
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