Orr Sentenced for Fawcett Assault
Oct. 29, 1998
SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) _ Producer-director James Orr was sentenced Thursday to three years' probation for slamming ex-girlfriend Farrah Fawcett's head to the ground and choking her during a brawl.
Superior Court Judge Robert T. Altman also ordered Orr to perform 100 hours of community service, attend a batterer's counseling program and pay $500 to a domestic violence fund.
Orr had faced a maximum sentence of a year in jail and a $6,000 fine.
A jury in August convicted Orr of one count of misdemeanor battery for the Jan. 28 fight. He was acquitted of a second battery charge involving an earlier altercation.
Orr was accused of pushing the 51-year-old actress down, slamming her head to the driveway and trying to choke her during a fight that followed an argument at a restaurant. Miss Fawcett admitted smashing some of the windows at his Bel-Air mansion with a baseball bat and acknowledged the two squared off with bar stools during the fight.
Orr is a writer, director and producer whose credits include ``Three Men and a Baby.''
Ms. Fawcett is the former star of TV's ``Charlie's Angels'' and the wife-batterer TV movie ``The Burning Bed.''