Actor Michael Madsen will not face child endangerment charges

By Daniel S Levine,

Actor Michael Madsen, who starred in Reservoir Dogs and the Kill Bill films, will not have to face charges of child endangerment. He had been arrested following an alleged altercation with one of his sons, but the prosecutor has dropped the case, citing insufficient evidence.

A spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office told E! News that he will not face child cruelty charges.

Madsen was arrested Friday after allegedly getting into a fight with one of his five sons. TMZ reported that Madsen’s attorney told the site that the alleged fight happened when the actor found his son smoking marijuana. Madsen later told TMZ that it was all a “big misunderstanding.”

When he was arrested, police said that Madsen did appear to be under the influence of alcohol. He was held on $100,000 bail.

The Los Angeles Times reports that the DA’s office said that there simply was not enough evidence to actually charge Madsen with a crime after they looked over the Los Angeles County Sherriff’s report. Madsen would have been charged with a misdemeanor charge of cruelty to a child.

Madsen’s attorney Perry Wander told TMZ that Madsen is “grateful that this unfortunate family incident is now closed and thanks those that thoroughly investigated this matter.”

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