Pia Zadora: ‘Summer Arrest Drama Was Over A Dumb Family Incident’

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September 26, 2013 | 2:14pm EST

Actress/singer Pia Zadora has broken her silence about the embarrassing summer family showdown at her home in Las Vegas that led to a police stand-off.
The Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult star, who is married to a detective, was taken into custody on 1 June after a late-night altercation with her33-year-old stepson, during which she sprayed him with a water hose.
But it was her 16-year-old son, Jordan, who called the cops and reported his mom was acting crazy in a house full of guns. He also claimed Zadora had sprayed him too in an effort to get him to go to bed.
She was charged with domestic abuse and coercion, and during a court hearing on 12 September, she was ordered to attend an alcohol use evaluation and undergo impulse control counselling.
Opening up about what really happened, Zadora tells news show Access Hollywood Live, “It was, like, three in the morning, I was tired, I wanted to go to sleep, and my 33-year-old stepson decided he wanted to come and hang out. I tried to get him to leave (and) he refused… He was getting very loud. I took the hose and I hydrated him… He’s, like, six-four (six foot, four inches), he weighs 300 pounds; what am I gonna do? Get into a fist fight with him? I don’t think so.
“Then I decided to get the 16 year old to go to bed and I hit another brick wall, because he wanted to stay up and hang out with the 33 year old… and play video games, and so his stepbrother, when I insisted, handed him his cellphone and said, ‘Dial 9-1-1’.”
Zadora insists she never sprayed the teenager, despite what he told the police, adding, “He might have been in the vicinity and he might have gotten a drizzle but I directed the hose at the 33 year old… He said, ‘My mother’s running around the house like a crazy woman and there’s a gun in the house…’ There were a lot of guns in the house because my husband has Fort Knox in the house. He’s a cop… But obviously that was like a red flag.”
When she woke up hours later, the place was surrounded by cops. She recalls, “I heard stuff outside the house, noises that sounded like fireworks…, so I knew something was wrong, so I had to call 9-1-1 because obviously if I had gone out without notifying them I might not be here to talk about it today.
“I called 9-1-1 and I said, ‘What’s going on?’ and they said, ‘We’re outside. Can you come out and bring Jordan (her son). I woke him up and we both marched out just like in the movies with our hands up… The cops separated us, they interviewed me , they interviewed him and they arrested me… for a jagged gel nail, because when I went to grab the phone from him, I made a little scratch, accidentally, behind his ear.”
Looking back on the incident, Zadora wishes she had been a little less impulsive, but she’s playing down reports suggesting she was drunk when she attacked her stepson: “I wish I had just gone to bed… but I’m sort of somewhat of a control person, where I want everyone outta the house. I didn’t want my stepson to stay there because if he had too much to drink he would have to stay over and I wanted my privacy. It was a nice Friday night and I wanted to be with my husband.
“I was drinking that night; I had a couple of glasses of wine with dinner and a lemon drop when I came home. (I was) maybe a little buzzed… I wasn’t drunk… The whole thing is dumb; it was a whole dumb family incident.
“There were no charges, no convictions, no pleas, no nothing. They’re like, ‘OK, we’re gonna dismiss this if you do an online impulse control (course)… and if you have an alcohol assessment’, which was very helpful.”