Melbourne: Sean Young has demanded an apology from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences after she was arrested at the post-Oscar party for slapping a security guard. Young, 52, admitted striking the official, but only after he grabbed her, which was apparently without provocation. She also criticised an Academy attorney, who she said witnessed the fracas and urged security to detain her.
“They need to make a public apology on behalf of their security guard,” a leading daily has quoted Young as telling a magazine.
The ‘Blade Runner’ star was placed under citizen’s arrest just before 9:30 pm local time Sunday after she slapped a guard who denied her entrance to the Academy’s Governors Ball for not having a ticket.
According to a TV channel, Los Angeles police officers arrived soon after and took her into custody. She was released just before 3:00 am Monday after being booked on misdemeanour battery charges and posting 20,000 dollars in bail.
Giving her version of events to the media later, the actress insisted that the Academy was in the wrong. Young said she was at the party’s entrance simply to take pictures with guests for her Facebook page.
“They said, ‘No, you have to leave’. I started to leave and (the guard) grabbed my arm and he started pulling me. And I turned around and I was pulling my arm away - and I struck him,” she said.
Young said security footage of the incident would exonerate her.
“I was well-behaved,” she later said in an interview with a website.
“It was fine ... and the surveillance tape will bear that out. ... It’s atrocious behaviour on the Academy’s part. In a statement to a magazine, the Academy denied initiating legal proceedings against her.
“There was an incident with Ms Young outside the Academy’s Governors Ball.
“It was not the Academy who pressed charges,” the statement read.