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Kiefer Sutherland's apology over head butt keeps him working

Tbd-kiefersutherland052609 Kiefer Sutherland and head-butting designer victim Jack McCollough may be settling out of court, and that's seriously good news for Kiefer's career. The New York Daily News says Twelve director Joel Schumacher was considering kicking Jack Bauer off the project.

“For the entire week following (the head butt), Kiefer’s drama was the white elephant in the room,” a source tells the paper. “Joel did not want to talk about it and instructed his cast not to mention anything around him or to the press.”

But Kiefer's contrite statement after filming wrapped in new York has apparently put him back in Joel's good graces. Sutherland and McCollough issued a joint statement last week.

“I am sorry about what happened that night and sincerely regret that Mr. McCollough was injured,” Sutherland said, with McCollough adding, “I appreciate Mr. Sutherland’s statement and wish him well.”

The designer also likely appreciates whatever private deal he cut with Kiefer, which will likely lead to charges being dismissed when the pair head to court June 22. And besides, it's not like Twelve was a big career break for Sutherland.

“Kiefer’s role in the film isn’t huge anyway,” the paper's source says. “He’s mostly narrating and wouldn’t have been working with very many cast or crew members, which everyone on-set is pretty relieved about."

It's not good when a whole set is glad to not be working with you, or having to broker a settlement to keep from violating probation on a DUI jail sentence. Will it be rehab time soon? The clock is ticking.

[Photo: AP]

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 10:37am]


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