Los Angeles, California

From Los Angeles’ KABC.com of May 25, 2007

Ryan O’Neal Won’t Face Criminal Charges

Prosecutors declined Friday to charge Ryan O’Neal with assault with a deadly weapon for firing a gun during a brawl with his older son earlier this year.

There was insufficient evidence “to prove this case to a jury beyond a reasonable doubt,” said a report from the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office.

“Witnesses gave, in different interviews, conflicting stories” of what happened during the brawl, said Jane Robison, a spokeswoman for the district attorney’s office.

Mark Werksman, O’Neal’s attorney, said prosecutors did the right thing by declining to pursue the case.

“It’s a tremendous relief for Mr. O’Neal to have this resolved favorably in this manner,” said Werksman, claiming his client acted in self-defense.

O’Neal, 66, was arrested at his Malibu home Feb. 3 for investigation of assault with a deadly weapon and negligent discharge of a firearm. He was freed on a $50,000 bond.

The actor has said he fired a warning shot to scare his 42-year-old son, Griffin O’Neal, who had attacked him with a fireplace poker.

He said his son lashed out at him during a fight, but he ducked and the poker struck Griffin O’Neal’s pregnant girlfriend, Joanna Berry. She needed stitches for a facial cut, her attorney has said.

Werksman said Ryan O’Neal suffered bruises to his arms and legs when he was struck several times.

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