Canadian actor Mike Smith, who plays the character Bubbles on the “Trailer Park Boys”, is denying any wrongdoing after being arrested on a domestic battery charge in Los Angeles.
The Nova Scotia native was arrested early Friday morning on Hollywood Boulevard, and was released on $20,000 bail.
Police haven’t released details of the charge against Smith, but he has issued a news release, along with the woman involved in the incident identified as Georgia Ling, in which they both explain the arrest stems from a misunderstanding.
“Georgia is a friend of mine and we had a loud and heated dispute,” Smith said in the statement. “That is all. At no time did I assault her. I am not guilty of the misdemeanour charged against me.”
Ling said the two had a heated argument and someone who overheard them called police.
“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,” Ling said in the statement.
“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.”
The statement also says that other members of the Trailer Park Boys “all stand behind Mike and look forward to the matter being resolved favourably.”
However, actress Lucy DeCoutere, who has appeared on the show since 2001, issued a tweet Saturday claiming that she’s resigned from the series.
When one of her Twitter followers asks if the resignation is connected to co-star Smith’s arrest yesterday in Los Angeles, she replied: “Yes.”
Smith will return to an L.A. court on April 29 to face the charge.
*With files from The Associated Press