Christian Slater Faces Grope Rap

Actor Christian Slater faces sex abuse charges after being arrested in New York. Police responded to a report that Slater allegedly harassed a woman by grabbing her buttocks. Slater denies the charges. WCBS

Christian Slater has been arrested and charged with groping a woman on a Manhattan street.

Slater, 35, was accused of touching the woman's buttocks near 93rd Street and Third Avenue on the Upper East Side around 1:50 a.m. Tuesday, said a police spokesman, Detective John Sweeney.

The woman, who wasn't identified, flagged down police to report the incident, Sweeney said. Slater was found nearby and the woman identified him as the man who had groped her.

As he was escorted out of the police precinct and put into a car, Slater told onlookers, "I didn't do anything, This is bull----!"

Slater, who's appearing on Broadway in "The Glass Menagerie," was arrested on a charge of third-degree sexual abuse. His screen credits include "Heathers," "Interview With the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles" and "Broken Arrow."

He filed for divorce earlier this year from TV producer Ryan Haddon, citing irreconcilable differences.

In 2003, Haddon was accused of hitting Slater with a drinking glass during a fight in their Las Vegas hotel room. She was jailed briefly, but no charges were filed.

In 1998, Slater served 59 days in jail in La Verne, Calif., on battery and drug charges. Good behavior cut down his three-month sentence. He pleaded no contest to the charges in an August 1997 incident, when he binged on drugs and alcohol, beat his girlfriend during a brawl and assaulted a police officer.
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