The saga of Stacey Dash has taken another turn this week with a Sunday night arrest after allegations of domestic violence. The incident appears to have involved her husband, and some details have circulated that her act of pushing and slapping him (meaning a lawyer named Steven Marty) only occurred after he attacked her first, allegedly putting her in a chokehold. In video that’s circulated of Dash’s eventual arrest, she can be seen having to explain to a local cop who she was, despite her stint as a Fox News contributor following her acting, which she told the cop she was taking a “break” from.
As she was asked details about herself, she explained with emotion in her voice as the officer led her to a waiting cop car:
‘I’m an actress… I did a film called “Clueless”… I’m taking a break. I did politics for awhile. I was a Fox News contributor.’
A 911 call has emerged before the eventual arrest in which Dash can be heard alleging that Marty put her in a chokehold before she (apparently) responded, leaving visible marks on his arm that were noted in the arrest report filed covering her detention.
In the original call, she says:
‘I’ve been assaulted by my husband. We were all arguing, I asked his daughter to get out of my face because she was in my face, I pushed her back, he put me into a chokehold.’
In the background of the call, she can be heard seemingly defending her allegations, asking (presumably) her husband if he wants to “see the marks on my neck.”
She has since been released on bail and apparently is facing a formal charge of domestic violence.
On Monday, Dash’s manager issued a (now slightly outdated) statement claiming, in part:
‘No charges were pressed by her husband, however, Deputies arrested Ms. Dash peacefully, as a formality… The marital dispute, while personal and unfortunate, has since been blown out of proportion… Ms. Dash is a domestic abuse survivor from a previous relationship and has championed for other abuse victims to speak up. The untruthfulness being reported saddens Ms. Dash and her family – no further comments will be made and we ask that Ms. Dash and her family’s privacy will be respected.’
Marty is the one behind a viral Twitter account purporting to belong to Georgia Congressman Steven Smith, a Republican who in reality, does not exist. Despite this, Marty has maintained a moderately high profile for the account, and high-profile names have occasionally been taken in after not checking strenuously enough to ensure they were actually communicating with a real person.
The Smith Twitter account has been active as recently as Tuesday morning, retweeting a post from President Donald Trump himself, who’d posted a viral but fake map purporting to show areas Trump won versus those Hillary Clinton won in the 2016 election. To begin with, the map — with areas colored to correspond to the two candidates — is not actually from the 2016 election. Additionally — land doesn’t vote, people do. Thus, maps depicting areas of land where most people voted for Trump are irrelevant.
Featured Image via Pasco County Sheriff’s Office