Matthew Fox — the man who saved the island on “Lost” and found himself in a dispute last year with an Ohio bus driver — has reportedly gotten into some new legal trouble.
TMZ reported earlier today that Fox, 45, was arrested over the weekend on suspicion of driving under the influence. The arrest reportedly occurred at 3:23 a.m. Friday in Bend, Ore., where Fox lives with his wife and two children. Citing Oregon law enforcement sources, the celebrity gossip site said Fox and an unidentified passenger were on a fast-food run when the incident occurred. The actor was taken into custody and released the same day; the report stated that the arrest was allegedly “alcohol-related.”
Update: The Bend Police Department issued a news release late this afternoon that confirmed that Fox was arrested in the wee hours of Friday morning. The report states that the actor’s car was stopped at the intersection of NW 14th St. and NW Jacksonville Ave., at 2:27 a.m. after failing to drive within its lane and use an appropriate signal. During the traffic stop, an officer determined that Fox was “under the influence of intoxicants”; he was subsequently detained at the Deschutes County Adult Jail. The case has been forwarded to the Deschutes County District Attorney’s Office, the news release said.
Fox’s reps have not commented on the story; a legal representative for Fox also has not responded to Celebritology’s request for comment.
A lieutenant with the Bend Police Department said via e-mail that all inquiries regarding the Fox case should be directed to the Deschutes County district attorney’s office. A representative of that office said via phone that a police report would not be shared until after the case was closed.
As noted above, Fox allegedly got into an altercation last year with a Cleveland bus driver, who claimed the actor punched her in the breast, groin, arm and legs after she refused to let him board a private party bus. No criminal charges were ever brought against Fox, but the driver, Heather Bormann, filed a civil suit seeking monetary damages, to which Fox responded with a countersuit seeking a jury trial in the case.
According to the Cuyohoga County Clerk of Court’s Web site, Bormann’s attorney has withdrawn as her counsel, and the trial, which had been scheduled to start July 30, has been canceled. The court has granted Bormann until June 13 to retain a new lawyer in the case.
As for Fox’s career, the actor formerly known as Jack Shephard recently finished shooting two films, “Alex Cross” (the one he was working on last year in Ohio and that co-stars Tyler Perry) and Brad Pitt’s “World War Z.” He also stars opposite Tommy Lee Jones in the film “Emperor,” which is slated to be shopped around for distribution at this month’s Cannes Film Festival.
This post will be updated as new information becomes available.