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Video shows 'Clueless' star Stacey Dash's arrest in Florida

Actress faces domestic battery charge

PASCO COUNTY, Fla. – "Clueless" star Stacey Dash appeared to be holding back tears Monday morning when she was arrested in Florida on a domestic battery charge, video from the Pasco County Sheriff's Office shows.

The body camera video, recorded around 12:30 a.m., shows the 52-year-old actress wearing only an oversized T-shirt, questioning why she's being put in handcuffs.

"What are you doing?" Dash asked.

"I'll tell you in just a second, I'm just detaining you right now," the deputy replied.

The leading lady seemed unsure of what was happening as the deputy escorted her to his patrol car.

"Am I being arrested?" Dash asked.

During the walk from the apartment to the vehicle, the deputy began asking Dash about her line of work and some other personal information. She told him she was born in the Bronx, has never been arrested and does not have a concealed weapons license.

"I did a film called 'Clueless,'" Dash told the deputy.

"Oh, OK," the deputy replied.

She also told him about her time as a Fox News contributor, but said she's "taking a break right now" from TV and movies.

Deputies said Dash slapped and pushed a man during an argument at her New Port Richey apartment, leaving him with scratch marks on his arm, according to News 6 partner WPLG.

In a 26-minute 911 call, Dash claimed the incident began with one of her stepdaughters.

"We were all arguing. I asked his daughter to get out of my face because she was in my face, I pushed her back and (my husband) put me into a choke hold," Dash told a 911 operator.

There was a 15-year-old, a 14-year-old and a 10-year-old child at the home at the time of the incident, according to the actress.

Dash said in a 911 call that others in the home were trying to conspire against her.

"They're all talking about how they can be a witness against me because, basically, I tried to get the 15-year-old out of my face," she said.

Dash claimed she had redness on her neck and pain in her shoulder while her husband had scratches on her arm. Screaming and crying can be heard intermittently during the phone call.

About 13 minutes into the call, a man starts yelling at Dash.

"First of all, I can't believe you'd go after her like that. Second, I can't believe that when I pull you off, which was actually the kind thing to do to get you away from this, before you slapped her, you slapped me two seconds earlier. Oh, you would never do that but you just did it to me and a million times you said you'd never do it again but you always do. There is domestic violence in this relationship and it's not me doing it," the man said. 

Dash has not commented on the arrest on social media. According to IMDB, she's had roles on "The Fresh Prince of Bel Air," and "Renaissance Man," but she's best known for her role as a teenage valley girl in the 1995 hit "Clueless."


About the Author:

Adrienne Cutway

Adrienne Cutway joined News 6's digital team in October 2016 to cover breaking news, crime and community interest stories. She graduated from the University of Central Florida and began her journalism career at the Orlando Sentinel.

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