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Heather Locklear arrested for domestic violence: A timeline of her troubles

Suzy Byrne
Editor, Yahoo Entertainment
Heather Locklear, shown in a new mug shot, has been arrested again. (Photo: TMZ)

Heather Locklear has been arrested — again.

The Melrose Place, Dynasty, and Spin City actress, who ruled the tube in the ’80s, ’90s, and early aughts, was arrested Sunday for felony domestic violence as well as battery on an officer, according to multiple reports. TMZ said that Locklear’s brother called police after arriving at her home in Thousand Oaks, Calif., and finding her arguing with her boyfriend. While the boyfriend was not identified, Locklear has been dating her former high-school sweetheart, Chris Heisser, for several years.

Locklear, who has long dealt with drug and alcohol issues, is facing a felony domestic violence charge, as well as three counts of battery on emergency personnel, which are misdemeanors. She allegedly became combative with officers.

Yahoo reached out to Locklear’s longtime publicist for comment, but the representative says she’s currently on a “hiatus” with Locklear. Per the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office website, Locklear posted bail and was released on Monday. She’s due in Ventura County Superior Court on March 13.

While the actress used to make headlines for her prime-time TV work, for the last decade, many of the headlines have been about personal drama. Following the success of Melrose Place and then a turn in her Golden Globe-nominated role on Spin City, Locklear never settled into another starring TV role for the long term. In the mid-2000s, her marriage to Bon Jovi’s Richie Sambora — with whom she shares a 20-year-old daughter, Ava, a model — ended. It has been ups and downs ever since.

2006: After 11 years of marriage, Locklear, whose first husband was Tommy Lee, files for divorce from Sambora. While they ultimately put aside their differences and co-parent peacefully (even vacationing together), Sambora initially goes on to date Locklear’s “friend” Denise Richards, and the tabloids have a field day.

2007: Locklear rebounds with her Melrose co-star Jack Wagner.

2008: In March, a 911 call is made from someone claiming to be Locklear’s doctor saying she was suicidal. Locklear is deemed fine by emergency personnel after a wellness check. Three months later, she checks into an Arizona medical facility to deal with anxiety and depression. In September, Locklear is pulled over by the California Highway Patrol on suspicion of driving under the influence. While blood tests indicated she wasn’t drinking or on illegal drugs, prescription medicine she took for anxiety and depression “could have impaired her ability to safely drive a motor vehicle,” according to the Santa Barbara County Deputy District Attorney. She is charged with one misdemeanor count of driving under the influence.

Heather Locklear’s 2008 mug shot. (AP Photo/Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Dept.)

2009: In January, Locklear pleads no contest to reckless driving amid a deal that included probation and a fine.

2010: Locklear is arrested for a hit-and-run in Westlake Village, Calif. She hit a no-parking sign on a public street and didn’t report it to anyone, leading to the misdemeanor charge. She completes a 30-day inpatient rehab program for prescription drugs.

2011: Locklear and Wagner get engaged in August but call off their romance soon after. It wasn’t a happy parting of ways — in fact, police were called to break up altercation between the two.

2012: Locklear’s sister calls 911, saying that the actress has consumed prescription pills and alcohol and is in danger. She is taken to a hospital but is released the next day. Family members confide to People magazine in the following days that the actress’s issues with alcohol go back a long time and that they want her to go to rehab. She is put under a doctor’s care but opts not to go to rehab.

2013: She starts dating plastic surgeon Marc Mani.

2016:  After breaking up with Mani, Locklear reconnects with her high school boyfriend, Chris Heisser, and they start dating. The tabloids enjoy picking apart their romance, with one claiming that he was seeing another woman when they first got together.

2017: Locklear starts the year in rehab for undisclosed treatment. In September, days after making her first public appearance in a year, Locklear drives off the road into a ditch. She’s transported to the hospital with minor, nonthreatening injuries.

Alana Stewart and Heather Locklear at the Farrah Fawcett Foundation’s Tex-Mex Fiesta  on Sept. 9, 2017. This is Locklear’s last public appearance. (Photo: Charley Gallay/Getty Images for the Farrah Fawcett Foundation)

2018: Locklear is arrested for domestic violence, a felony charge, as well as three counts of battery on emergency personnel after her brother called police to her home when he arrived and she was fighting with her boyfriend.

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