Edward Furlong sentenced to 6 months in jail for probation violation
Edward Furlong, best known for his roles in the films "Terminator 2" and "American History X," has been sentenced to six months in jail for violating his probation in a 2010 domestic violence case.
His lawyer said he tried to work out a plea deal that would have resulted in court-mandated rehab but that the 35-year-old actor, who has battled substance abuse for years, had rejected it.
Furlong was arrested twice over the past few months for separate confrontations involving girlfriend Monica Keena, who played Abby on "Dawson's Creek." Furlong was in January charged with battery, stemming from the second incident. The case is pending.
As a result of his current charges, a Los Angeles judge recently sentenced the actor to six months in jail for violating his probation, which had been handed down for a 2010 case involving his estranged wife and co-star of the film "Jimmy and Judy," Rachael Kneeland, also known as Rachael Bella. She had obtained a three-year restraining order against him in August of that year.
Furlong spent several hours in jail on January 11 after a judge ruled he had violated the order due to his pending charges. The Associated Press, which carried the report of his sentencing, said the actor's current girlfriend had also obtained one. The news wire added that the judge ordered that Furlong not be released from jail early or give him credit for time served. He is due to be freed in late May, it said.
"Despite the best efforts of my office and with the cooperation of the City Attorney and the Court in this case Mr. Furlong had the opportunity to avoid jail in a deal my office worked out, which would of resolved not just this case but two other criminal cases in Beverly Hills, by checking himself into a drug rehabilitation program -- a very unusual disposition in a case that alleged violence," Furlong's attorney, Brian Michaels, told E! News.
"Sadly, Mr. Furlong rejected all proposals to get into drug rehabilitation, and the Court, ultimately decided that it was forced to sentence to him a hefty amount of jail time. We are hopeful that Mr. Furlong uses this experience, unpleasant as it may be, to revisit the issue of rehab when he is released."
The actor's estranged wife had obtained her restraining order after telling a court that Furlong was violent against her and did drugs. His rep said at the time that the actor denies the allegations. Furlong's ex, with whom he shares a son, filed for divorce in July 2009 and it has not yet been finalized.
The actor rose to fame as a teen actor. He made his on-screen debut as John "Have You Seen This Boy?" Connor in the 1991 film "Terminator 2: Judgment Day" and later played Danny, the brother of a neo-Nazi skinhead, in the 1998 movie "American History X."
Furlong also starred in films such as "Detroit Rock City," the CBS series "CSI: NY" and rock band Aerosmith's 1993 music video "Livin' on the Edge." In 2011, he appeared in the movie "The Green Hornet" and the independent film "For the Love of Money," a "Jewish gangster" movie that also stars former child star and "Jerry Maguire" actor Jonathan Lipnicki.