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Christian Slater arrested on sexual harassment charge

By Cheryl Bronson
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Police help actor Christian Slater into a squad car Tuesday in New York.
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NEW YORK (CNN) -- Actor Christian Slater was arrested in Manhattan early Tuesday after he allegedly sexually harassed a woman on the street, police said.

Slater, 35, was taken into custody in an Upper East Side neighborhood of Manhattan after police responded to a call from a woman who said she had been attacked while walking, said New York Police Sgt. Mary Doherty.

"Basically he grabbed a woman's behind on the street," said Doherty, adding Slater was "intoxicated at the time."

Video showed Slater handcuffed and escorted by police into a squad car. "I didn't do anything," he said.

He has been charged with third degree sexual abuse and is being held at the 19th precinct in Manhattan. He is expected to be arraigned Tuesday morning.

Slater has had previous trouble with the law. In 1997 he was charged with three counts of assault and one count of battery after he assaulted a girlfriend while intoxicated. He served 59 days of a three-month sentence.

Slater has starred in films such as "Interview with the Vampire," released in 1994, 1996's "Broken Arrow," and "Heathers" in 1989.


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