A “homeless” former TV sitcom actor and rapper has been arrested after an alleged hammer attack at the home of a family member.
Orlando Brown was arrested in Ohio on Thursday on domestic violence charges.
Brown appeared in shows including That’s So Raven, Two of a Kind and Family Matters.
He was apprehended in Lima, around 200km north of Cincinnati, after local police “got a call about a fight in progress,” according to TMZ.
The entertainment website reported on Friday that the actor’s alleged altercation was with his brother, reported Page Six from the New York Post.
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Brown’s brother Matthew is said to have told police he had allowed the former star to stay with him as he was homeless and he didn’t want a family member to go to a shelter.
Matthew told police his brother was acting “crazy” at the home, had accused him of raping his wife and then came at him with a knife blade and hammer “in a threatening manner,” reported TMZ.
Brown was not able to physically strike his brother.
The arrest comes four years after the 35-year-old made headlines for an intervention-style interview with television’s Dr Phil McGraw.
The Dr Phil appearance came at the end of a tumultuous year for Brown, in which he was arrested in nearly every other month of 2018 for charges ranging from burglary and drug possession to resisting a public officer and domestic battery.
He also made headlines for getting his former co-star Raven Symoné’s face tattooed on his chest in May of that year.
In September 2018, the rapper spent time in jail after pleading no contest to trying to change the locks on his friend’s restaurant doors and possessing narcotics.
The actor wore snake-eye contacts while speaking to Dr McGraw about his time behind bars, claiming that he was “locked [up] for no reason and set up”.
Brown went on to say that he didn’t want to “dedicate another 90 days” to treatment for his addiction struggles away from his family.
The sitcom actor, who appeared on Family Matters, explained at the time that he aimed to “jump back into that life” of fatherhood and “figure out who everybody is”.
However, he gave the talk show host different names and ages for his brood throughout the conversation.
Earlier this year, the songwriter reflected on the December 2018 interview, sharing his apologies and thanking Dr McGraw for “opening the door to show people that actually think they don’t need help to go get help”.
He went on to tell musician Cam Capone in August that he has been “on the hide-out” ever since the viral conversation, saying, “I’m just waiting to die at this point. But realistically, I have goals”.
This story appeared in the New York Post and is reproduced with permission.
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