Former Fox News personality Stacey Dash says ‘normal’ marriage dispute led to battery charges

October 9, 2019

Former Fox News star Stacey Dash blamed a “normal” dispute in her marriage for now-dropped domestic battery charges.

The Clueless actress was in the headlines recently after getting handcuffed at her Florida home. But Dash has an interesting interpretation of the arrest, calling it a mere “formality,” according to Page Six.

“Like normal married couples, my husband and I had a marital dispute that escalated,” she said.

Stacey Dash brushes off arrest

Dash was arrested last month at her Port Richey, Florida home. Her husband, Jeffrey Marty, bailed her out of jail the next day, and the charges were dropped, according to Fox.

“On the evening of Sunday, September 29, 2019, actress Stacey Dash and her husband had a marital dispute in their Tampa, FL suburb; Pasco County Deputies were dispatched to their residence. No charges were pressed by her husband, however, Deputies arrested Ms. Dash peacefully, as a formality,” read a statement from Dash. “Her husband appeared in court the next day on her behalf and Ms. Dash was released from the Land O’ Lakes detention facility. No further legal action is pending.”

The statement added that the “marital dispute, while personal and unfortunate, has since been blown out of proportion.” But according to the New York Daily News, Dash had previously accused her husband, who is a lawyer, of assaulting her and coaching his kids to frame her for the attack in a tearful 911 phone call.

For his part, Marty praised the authorities for “making the right call by declining to file charges against my wife,” adding that Dash “was arrested over my objection at the time,” but “due to the pending investigation, I waited to comment until now. We both look forward to getting this behind us,” he said.

Controversial figure

Dash, who is a survivor of domestic abuse, said that she “has championed for other abuse victims to speak up.”

The actor has become more known for her controversial conservative punditry in recent years. She was a Fox commentator from 2014 to 2017, when Fox fired her.

Fox suspended her for two weeks in 2015 after she said that former President Barack Obama sounded like he “could give a s**t” during a speech on terrorism. Dash defiantly said that she would accept the consequences after Fox rebuked her.

Dash, who is black, has also stirred controversy for her comments on race. She has called for an end to Black History Month and the BET channel, according to Newsweek, saying that they promote racial segregation.

Dash supported Donald Trump in 2016 and momentarily considered running for Congress in 2018, but dropped out from her long-shot bid in California’s solidly blue 44th district.

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Matthew Boose

Matthew Boose is a staff writer for Conservative Institute. He has a Bachelor's degree from Stony Brook University and has contributed to The Daily Caller and The Stony Brook Press.