“Home Improvement” star Zachery Ty Bryan has been arrested after a domestic violence incident, two years after he was convicted in another case.
Bryan, 41, was arrested Friday by the Eugene Police Department in Oregon after officers “received report of a physical dispute between a male and adult female at a north Eugene residence,” the department’s public information officer Melinda McLaughlin shared in a statement Monday.
The former child star, who played Tim Allen’s oldest son Brad Taylor on “Home Improvement” from 1991-99, was booked in Lane County Jail with a charge of assault in the fourth degree.
USA TODAY reached out to Bryan’s representatives for comment.
As of Monday afternoon, Bryan is still being held, jail records show.
Bryan’s latest assault charge comes two years after he was convicted for menacing and assault in the fourth degree constituting domestic violence.
Lane County, Oregon, District Attorney Patricia Perlow told USA TODAY in February 2021 that Bryan was sentenced to three years of bench probation with multiple conditions, including partaking in a batterer intervention program and having no contact with the victim.
Six other charges related to the October 2020 incident – harassment, coercion, strangulation, interference with making a report and second counts of menacing and assault in the fourth degree – were dismissed.
“While Mr. Bryan was charged with additional crimes, including two class C felonies, it is in the interest of closure for the victim and in recognition of the backlog of cases we have due to COVID restrictions that make me believe this resolution is in the interest of justice,” Perlow added.
In October 2020, the Eugene Police Department said officers were dispatched to an apartment after a reported physical dispute. They found Bryan sitting outside and his then-girlfriend, now-fiancée Johnnie Faye Cartwright at a neighboring apartment.
Bryan reportedly assaulted Cartwright, impeded her breathing and took her phone away when she tried to call 911, police said. She declined medical assistance. Bryan was booked into Lane County jail shortly thereafter.
The actor addressed the arrest last month in a comprehensive profile with The Hollywood Reporter on his legal trouble, fraud allegations and career.
Bryan said the incident was “so blown out of proportion” and that the couple had been fighting due to the secrecy of their relationship while he was married to Carly Matros, with whom he shares four children.
“We didn’t even really get that physical. We got really loud. We were screaming, and because we were in a townhome that had (thin walls), everybody could hear. Johnnie was, at the time, just really upset about my situation,” he told the outlet. “At the end of the day, (the police) throw a bunch of counts at you because they ultimately want you to plead to something.”
Bryan added: “I could’ve fought it … but that’s more stress and drama. I got two misdemeanors and called it a day.”
At the time of the interview, Bryan and Cartwright were still engaged. The couple have three children.
‘Home Improvement’ star Zachery Ty Bryanconvicted on two counts in domestic violence case
Since Bryan appeared on the longrunning hit ABC comedy, starring Tim Allen, he has had guest roles on “Burn Notice,” “Veronica Mars,” “Buffy The Vampire Slayer,” “Smallville” and an NBC “Knight Rider” reboot, appeared in “The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift” and produced the Maggie Gyllenhaal movie “The Kindergarten Teacher.”
Contributing: Hannah Yasharoff, Kim Willis, USA TODAY; and the Associated Press
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