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Frankie Valli’s Wife Charged

October 22, 1998

VENTURA, Calif. (AP) _ The wife of ’60s teen idol Frankie Valli was charged with misdemeanor battery for allegedly slapping a restaurant owner earlier this month.

If convicted, Randy Valli could get get up to six months in jail and a $1,000 fine.

The Vallis were dining with another former teen idol, Frankie Avalon, and his wife, Kay, on Oct. 7 when there was a squabble about service and the cost of the meal, restaurant owner Sandra Sofsry said.

Mrs. Sofsry said Valli grabbed her arm and his wife slapped her when the restaurant owner asked them to leave.

``Maybe it’s because we didn’t make a big deal out of them and give them a free dinner and treat them like movie stars or singers,″ she said.

The Vallis couldn’t be reached at their Calabasas home, and Valli’s agent Fred Lawrence wouldn’t comment.

Avalon said Mrs. Sofsry was the aggressor.

``I saw Mrs. Valli defend and protect herself. This woman came over on two occasions and tried to push her out of the chair. She was defending herself from this woman who became a maniac,″ Avalon said.

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