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Tami Erin, former "Pippi Longstocking" star, arrested for assault

Tami Erin, undated photo Wikipedia

(CBS) WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - Former "Pippi Longstocking" film star Tami Erin was arrested in northern California Thursday for allegedly assaulting her male roommate, according to TMZ.

Erin denied instigating the attack and claimed Sunday that she acted in self-defense after learning her roommate was secretly filming her, the website reports.

The Walnut Creek Police Department reportedly says a neighbor heard Erin arguing with her roommate, who began crying for help. The neighbor intervened and put Erin under citizen's arrest until police showed up and took her into custody.

Erin was released from custody Friday morning, TMZ reports. Police say the male victim was not visibly injured and that the District Attorney's Office is reviewing the case to determine if they will prosecute.

Erin played the lead role in the 1988 movie "The New Adventures of Pippi Longstocking."

Walnut Creek is in northern California, about 25 miles from San Francisco.