Leyritz, awaiting his DUI manslaughter trial, was arrested today on charges that he dragged his ex-wife out of bed and shoved her, allegedly because she wrote a check without his permission. As you might guess, this one's a little weird.
In some ways, it's an old story: Onetime New York star washes out of Broadway and finds himself doing a crappy South Florida production of Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? From the South Florida Sun Sentinel:
Karrie Leyritz called police from a neighbor's house, where she fled after the alleged argument, a police report said.
When officers arrived about 3 a.m., she was bleeding from a cut above her eye.
Police found streaks of blood on a wall at the Leytriz home, according to the report.
Karrie Leyritz told police what happened and admitted she had been drinking, the report said.
But police said in the report that the victim gave two "totally different" accounts of what happened.
First, she said she argued with her ex-husband in the foyer, then he hit her and pushed her to the ground.
Later, she said he dragged her out of bed and rammed her against the bedroom wall, the report said.
Karrie Leyritz denies giving two different versions of the story and says she was "misunderstood." The argument started in the bedroom, she said, and ended in the foyer.
Police woke up their three children, who apparently slept through the incident. The two children they spoke to didn't hear anything strange early this morning, the report said.
It's all very strange and will probably put an end to the sputtering Jim Leyritz Image Rehabilitation Tour that nearly had him signing autographs at a minor-league game last month. The most bizarre part of the story? It's this:
One child said he heard his parents argue earlier that evening, but that his mother was drunk and likely hit herself.
Photo of Leyritz with his ex-wife from the New York Daily News
Former Yankee Jim Leyritz to spend weekend in jail after domestic battery arrest [South Florida Sun Sentinel]