Actor and director Michael Madsen was arrested only a few short weeks after his son’s suspected suicide.
On Wednesday evening, multiple sources have reported that the “Kill Bill” actor, 64, was arrested in Malibu after first being escorted to the West Hills Hospital. According to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, Madsen was booked just after midnight on Thursday. His bail had been set to $500 dollars.
Michael Madsen’s attorney, Perry Wander, has given The Blast exclusive information surrounding the details of his arrest.
Michael Madsen’s Attorney Speaks Exclusively To The Blast About His Arrest
This is a tough time for Madsen, who recently lost his son Hudson due to what is believed to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Madsen’s attorney, Perry Wander, told The Blast exclusively that “Michael had an agreement to vacate the home he was renting on the beach.”
“After the agreement, his son committed suicide and the family flew to Hawaii to the army military base to bury his son,” he continued. “Because of the funeral, he needed an additional week to pack and leave the house because they had to go to Hawaii for his son’s funeral, but the landlord refused to extend the courtesy of an additional week to move so Michael could bury his son.”
“When Michael showed up to pick up his personal property with the movers, the landlord wrongfully and unlawfully had him arrested for trespassing when Michael tried to get his property,” the statement continued. Madsen’s attorney alleges that “the landlord also tried to extort money from Michael for the utilities in order to get his personal property and Michael refused to pay the landlord’s ransom.”
This story is still developing.
Michael Madsen Requesting A Full Military Investigation Into Son’s Suicide
As The Blast previously reported, the “Reservoir Dogs” actor is still mourning the death of his son, Hudson, who passed away of what is believed to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound on the Hawaiian island of Oahu, where he was stationed in the Army.
Madsen is requesting a full investigation by the military after claiming “rank and file” shamed him for receiving mental health counseling. His son, who grew up in California, had just finished his first tour and was currently stationed in Hawaii. Madsen says that he had spoken to his son in the days before his death and did not see any signs of depression.
In a statement to The Blast, Madsen said, “I want to thank everyone for their prayers and their kind messages, our family greatly appreciates that, we are all incredibly overwhelmed with grief and sadness. I am in shock as my son, whom I just spoke with a few days ago, said he was happy-my last text from him was “I love you dad”. I didn’t see any signs of depression. It’s so tragic and sad. I’m just trying to make sense of everything and understand what happened.”
Michael Madsen Alleges That His Son Was ‘Shamed’ For Getting Mental Health Treatment
In another statement, Madsen said that “My son had just completed his first tour in the army where he was a sergeant, stationed in Hawaii. His marriage was going strong, he had typical life challenges that people have with finances, but he wanted a family. He was looking towards his future, so it’s mind-blowing. I just can’t grasp what happened.”
Sources told The Blast that Hudson had sought treatment for mental health counseling but stopped receiving mental health services after he started being treated differently by others on base.
Madsen wrapped up his statement by saying, “I’ve also asked for a full investigation by the military because it appears that officers and rank and file were shaming my son for needing therapy which caused him to stop getting help for mental health issues that he was keeping private.”
Wander had previously provided a statement about the difficulty for military officers to receive proper mental health counseling.
“Hudson was shamed in the military for needing mental health counseling, didn’t get it with tragic results. Stigma is a huge Barrier to Seeking Health Care Among Military Personnel With Mental Health Problems. Approximately 60% of military personnel who experience mental health problems do not seek help, yet many of them could benefit from professional treatment,” he began.
He continued, “Across military studies, one of the most frequently reported barriers to help-seeking for mental health problems is stigma. My client hopes that if he can shed some light on this important problem and focus attention on this important issue, other families of military personnel who are suffering from mental health issues and need counseling will be encouraged to get it instead of being shamed and stigmatized and ostracize for needing it.”