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Actor Todd Bridges Released From Jail

Actor Todd Bridges was released from jail Tuesday after prosecutors declined to file drug charges in connection with his arrest Saturday in North Hollywood.

Deputy Dist. Atty. Norm Shapiro said there was insufficient evidence to prove that Bridges, 24, was in possession of any of the cocaine found during the arrest. However, a man arrested with Bridges, Stephen Mallen, 36, of North Hollywood, was charged with one count of possession of cocaine for sale.

Police officers became suspicious early Saturday after seeing the two men seated in the actor’s car, which was parked in front of a closed business. After questioning the men, officers found more than three ounces of cocaine in the car and in Mallen’s possession, police said.

Bridges, a former star of the NBC sitcom “Diff’rent Strokes,” faces trial on an assault charge for allegedly shooting a drug dealer in 1989.

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