‘Free Willy’ Star Jason James Richter Arrested

Lewis Collier
October 20, 2018

News that the Free Willy star was arrested on Monday in the San Fernando Valley for misdemeanor domestic violence.

TMZ reports that the now 38-year-old actor was arrested for misdemeanor domestic violence in San Fernando Valley, Calif. late Monday evening, October 15, 2018, following an alleged incident at home with his girlfriend.

Ritcher's representative told TMZ that an he got into an argument with his girlfriend.

According to the report, the couple fought earlier in the evening, with Richter accusing his girlfriend of cheating with a coworker. Their altercation escalated, and at one point she was locked in their bedroom and he broke down the door to get in. Law enforcement said she claimed he grabbed her by the wrists. Four hours after the incident, she filed a police report for domestic violence at the police station.

Authorities told the news outlet that the girlfriend claims he "grabbed her".

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Richter played Jesse, a foster child who befriends a captive orca, in 1993's Free Willy, as well as its sequels, Free Willy 2: The Adventure Home and Free Willy 3: The Rescue. The first flick also became attached to one of Michael Jackson's hit songs from the '90s, "Will You Be There". If found guilty, he could face up to one year in prison.

Following his leading role in the movie, Jason then went on to be cast in various other shows and films, including the likes of in The Neverending Story III, Cops & Robbersons, Sabrina the Teenage Witch and Rugrats.

He stepped away from acting and toward the music business when he was 18. He has been in a number of small-budget films this year.

He dipped his toe back into the industry with 2009's Tekken and an appearance on TV show Bones, but in the last few years appears to have really ramped up his appearances.

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