'Trailer Park Boys' Actor Michael Smith Arrested on Suspicion of Domestic Battery

Darren Calabrese /The Canadian Press via AP
Michael Smith in character as Bubbles

He plays Bubbles on the fake documentary Netflix show.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — An actor who stars on the TV series Trailer Park Boys has been arrested in Los Angeles on suspicion of misdemeanor battery.

Police and jail records show Michael Smith, who plays Bubbles on the show, was arrested in Hollywood around 1:15 a.m. on Friday. He was booked on suspicion of misdemeanor domestic battery and released hours later on $20,000 bail.

No additional details about the arrest, which was first reported Friday by celebrity website TMZ.com, were available early on Saturday.

Later Saturday morning, Smith and the victim, Georgia Ling, both released statements denying the charges brought against the actor.

Mike Smith: "Georgia is a friend of mine and we had a loud and heated dispute. That is all. At no time did I assault her. I am not guilty of the misdemeanour charged against me."

Georgia Ling: "Mike and I did indeed have a heavy argument but it saddens me the way things are being reported and the way it was handled by the police. At no point did I feel I was in danger, otherwise I would've called the police myself, which I did not. The police were called by others not present in the room who mistakenly perceived the argument to be something other than what it was. When the officers arrived I tried to assure them there was no real issue, but they proceeded to arrest Mike."

Trailer Park Boys is produced by Toronto-based Showcase Television. On the show's website, the Netflix program stated, "The other members of the Trailer Park Boys and all staff stand behind Mike and look forward to the matter being resolved favourably."

The show, which is fake documentary about three petty felons living in a trailer park, appears on Netflix.

April 2, 2:17 p.m.: Updated with statements.

 

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