Actress faces two charges of domestic violence
NEWPORT COAST -- Actress Tawny Kitaen-Finley faces arraignment on two
domestic violence charges for allegedly battering her husband, former
Angel pitcher Chuck Finley, officials said Thursday.
The star couple, who live in Newport Coast with their two children and
are seen together often at local social events, shocked the community
Wednesday when news of Kitaen-Finley’s arrest became public.
Newport Beach police responded to a 911 hang-up call Monday night at
the couple’s home. The couple had gotten into an argument when they were
returning home from dinner, said Tori Richards, spokeswoman for the
Orange County district attorney.
“She kicked him with her high-heeled shoes and at one point had the
heel pressing on his foot over the accelerator,” she said.
Kitaen-Finley reportedly hit the 6-foot-6-inch baseball player on the
thigh, arms and legs. She also grabbed and twisted his ear, Richards
The 911 call was made by a “third party” after they arrived home,
Richards said. Police arrested Kitaen-Finley after they saw Finley had
suffered injuries and that she was unhurt, Richards said.
A judge ordered Kitaen-Finley’s release Wednesday on her own
recognizance and ordered that she stay away from her husband and that she
not have any contact with him. The children will probably be placed under
the care of the county Social Services Agency, Richards said.
Kitaen-Finley’s arraignment on the domestic violence charges is
scheduled for April 29. She is also scheduled to be arraigned on a
vandalism charge on April 18. Richards said the actress allegedly got
into a fight with a woman in Newport Beach over a parking spot.
“According to the reports, when the woman eventually parked her car in
the spot and left, [Kitaen-Finley] keyed both sides of her vehicle,” she
said. “There were a couple of people who witnessed that incident.”
Finley and Kitaen-Finley were regulars at the annual HomeAid
fund-raiser in Newport Beach that raises money for construction and
renovation of homeless shelters, said Gina Economakos, fund-raising
“They’ve been our celebrity honorary chairs for the event since 1998,”
she said. “They’ve given their name and support to our organization.”
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