Aron Ralston, the hiker who survived by severing his own arm after being trapped by a boulder, is expected to appear in a Denver courtroom Monday to face domestic violence charges.
Ralston and his girlfriend, both 38, were taken into custody in Denver early Sunday morning following a fight; it is alleged that mutual blows were exchanged. The couples’ 8-week-old daughter was present at the time, according to local TV station KDVR.com
Ralston’s father, however, told the Denver Post that his son did not strike the woman. “This is just two people trying to work out a difficult relationship,” he told the newspaper.
Ralston and his girlfriend are believed to have been arguing about Ralston’s son with another woman.
Ralston made international headlines in 2003 after he was hiking alone in a Utah canyon and a boulder rolled onto him, trapping his right arm. What Ralston did next came to symbolize the human will to survive: He used a multitool knife to severed his own forearm to free himself.
Ralston later wrote a book and became a motivational speaker. His story was dramatized for the big screen in 2010’s “127 Hours,” starring James Franco. The documentary-style film would go on to earn six Oscar nominations, including for best picture and lead actor for Franco.
The movie takes its title from the amount of time that Ralston was trapped before he managed to free himself and fashion a crude tourniquet from a carabiner and a drinking tube and stumble out of the desert canyon in search of help.