A Timeline of Heather Locklear’s History With Addiction and Abuse
The actress best known for her role as Amanda Woodward on Melrose Place isn’t receiving attention for her acting as of late. Locklear made countless headlines over the past month for her run-ins with the law, including attacks on law enforcement.
The recent arrest is just one instance in a long line of Locklear’s struggles with addiction and depression.
The alleged doctor phone call
Authorities released a startling tape of Locklear’s alleged “doctor” calling 9-1-1 and claiming the actress intended to commit suicide. Locklear’s publicist later said that she never requested any medical assistance, and both parties agreed no action was necessary once they reached her California home.
However, the sheriff’s department revealed they believed the call was genuine: a few months later, Locklear checked into an Arizona facility. “Heather has been dealing with anxiety and depression. She requested an in-depth evaluation of her medication and entered into a medical facility for proper diagnosis and treatment,” Locklear’s publicist, Cece Yorke, told People. “This is a confidential medical matter and no further statement will be released.”
The DUI arrest
A California Highway Patrol officer pulled Locklear over in the fall of 2008 citing erratic driving and suspected driving under the influence. Locklear sought medical rehabilitation for depression earlier the same year. People reported she was booked on suspicion of driving on prescription drugs. However, Locklear was released without a bail requirement.
An Us Weekly editor spotted Locklear outside a California market and tipped off the police. She also took photographs to sell to TMZ for profit. The court charged Locklear with a misdemeanor count of DUI. Her blood test results showed no traces of alcohol or illegal drugs but the police believed her prescribed medication may have influenced her driving abilities.
The hospital visit
Locklear’s sister feared for Heather’s life in January 2012 when the actress reportedly mixed her prescription medication with alcohol. Emergency personnel quickly responded and took Locklear to Los Robles Hospital in California.
Locklear’s daughter weighed in on the situation later that day. “Well, this sucks,” she tweeted.
First 2018 arrest
Locklear was arrested in February 2018 on the suspicion of felony domestic violence. Deputies responded to a 10 p.m. domestic disturbance report submitted by Locklear’s brother. The sheriff’s spokesman noted it was obvious Locklear had attacked her boyfriend at the time, though they didn’t release the name of her partner.
When Locklear reportedly refused to cooperate, the deputies had to act. They medically cleared her at the nearby hospital and booked her a cell at the Ventura County jail. She was released on a $20,000 bond the next morning. Locklear pleaded not guilty at her April hearing and was barred by the court from owning or possessing a firearm.
Second 2018 arrest
In an incident reminiscent of Locklear’s first 2018 arrest, the actress was charged Monday, June 25 with two misdemeanor counts of battery against the police and first responders. She was released early in the morning on a $20,000 bail bond.
Locklear is scheduled to appear in court on August 23 … just two weeks after another hearing for her February 2018 arrest.
How to get help: In the U.S., call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255. Or text HOME to 741-741 to connect with a trained crisis counselor at the free Crisis Text Line.
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