May 7, 2009 / 2:29 PM / 10 years ago

Kiefer Sutherland to turn himself in to N.Y. police

NEW YORK (Reuters Life!) - TV star Kiefer Sutherland planned to turn himself into New York City police on Thursday, a police spokesman said, after media reports the actor had assaulted another man.

Actor Kiefer Sutherland nominated for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries for "24:Redemption" arrives at the 15th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards in Los Angeles January 25, 2009. REUTERS/Danny Moloshok

The spokesman, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the star of hit television show “24” planned to turn himself in to a police station in the Manhattan neighborhood of Soho.

Police said Wednesday Sutherland would likely face a minor assault charge.

Several media outlets reported that Sutherland is accused of headbutting fashion designer Jack McCollough at a Monday night party after an annual costume gala held by the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

The Manhattan District Attorney’s office was not immediately available for comment.

A representative for the actor, who is serving five years probation on a drunken driving charge in Los Angeles, was not immediately available to comment.

A criminal charge, even a minor one, could have harsh consequences for the 42-year-old actor, who plays tough-minded special agent Jack Bauer on the TV thriller.

He was arrested in 2007 for drunken driving in Los Angeles and served 48 days in a Southern California jail. At the time of his arrest, Sutherland was on probation for a previous drunken driving violation.

Frank Mateljan, a spokesman for the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office, said Los Angeles officials will contact New York detectives to learn details of their investigation.

“If we can establish that there was a violation of the probation, then it would be up to a judge to levy whatever penalties are appropriate,” Mateljan said on Wednesday.

Reporting by Edith Honan in New York and Alex Dobuzinskis in Los Angeles, writing by Michelle Nichols

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