After being released from a Dallas jail Thursday night following a disturbance at a local airport, actor Judge Reinhold — known for “Fast Times at Ridgemont High,” “Beverly Hills Cop,” “Gremlins” and other movies — issued a statement today explaining what happened.
As we reported Thursday, Reinhold, 59, was arrested following an incident at an airport security checkpoint at Dallas Love Field. He was reportedly charged with misdemeanor disorderly conduct after becoming belligerent over the security screening.
“Police records did not indicate that Reinhold posted bail before his release, according to a spokeswoman from the Dallas County Sheriff’s Office,” Reuters reports. “Melinda Gutierrez, a city police spokeswoman, did not say whether charges against him were dropped.”
In a statement released today through his attorney, Reinhold said: “I have to say that the past 48 hours have been the most unusual, hair-raising and regrettable two days of my life. At best, it’s a cautionary tale.”
Reinhold also said in the statement that he was prescribed antibiotics on Wednesday. He had originally planned to travel on that day, but had a negative reaction to the medication, according to the statement, and went to a hospital for treatment and observation.
“Rescheduling his flight for Thursday, Reinhold said he reacted wrongly after his bag set off the alarm and a trainee agent stopped him for a pat-down,” Reuters notes.
Reinhold took responsibility for the incident, saying in the statement: “Two Dallas police officers came over and gave me every opportunity to keep my mouth shut. I didn’t comply with the pat down or their suggestions. This led to my arrest. I knew better; I just didn’t do the right thing.”
He added: “I feel especially embarrassed about self righteous indignation when I’ve enjoyed 30 years of support and camaraderie with law enforcement.”