Rodman, Electra arrested after fight in hotel

Published Nov. 6, 1999|Updated Sept. 30, 2005

Dennis Rodman and actor Carmen Electra were arrested on battery charges Friday after they had a fight at a hotel.

Capt. Casey Conwell said officers were called to the Bentley Hotel in South Beach at 7 a.m. after receiving reports of screaming and fighting in Room 302.

They were charged with simple battery, a misdemeanor, said Miami Beach police spokesman Al Boza. Both Electra and Rodman received minor injuries which did not require medical attention as a result of the altercation, he said.

Both were taken in handcuffs to Miami-Dade County Jail's domestic violence unit in Miami and released on $2,500 bail each after several hours in custody.

They were ordered by Miami-Dade County Judge Amy Karan, head of the court's domestic violence unit, to stay at least 500 feet away from each other.

Neither was brought to Karan's courtroom. They appeared via a closed-circuit television hookup from the jail.

Rodman smiled as he left the jail with his attorney.

"Where are we going? Where are we going?" Rodman asked as he was led to a white Mercedes-Benz, which whisked him away.

"I feel sorry," Rodman said. "I guess it's one of those situations."

His eyes were bloodshot and he was wearing a black T-shirt and gray sweat pants.

A distraught Electra wearing a violet tank top and black pants, bowed her head as she left the jail minutes later. She was taken away in a Chevrolet Blazer. She is set to leave for Los Angeles and then Ireland on Saturday, said their attorney Roy Black.

"They both tell me that this was a misunderstanding," Black said. "Neither one wants to press charges."

Black called the arrest "an overreaction."

Rodman, a seven-time NBA rebounding champion, is in town filming a movie, Cut Away.

Rodman, known for his numerous tattoos and multicolored hair, and Electra, a former star on the TV series Baywatch whose real name is Tara L. Patrick, were married Nov. 14 in Las Vegas.

Nine days after their wedding, Rodman announced he was seeking an annulment, claiming he was of unsound mind when he recited his vows. But in February the pair again appeared together publicly, holding a news conference at the opening of a Beverly Hills, Calif., restaurant. During that news conference, Rodman said he and Electra were happily married, but living in separate homes. She later attended several Los Angeles Lakers games to watch her husband play.

Rodman was released by the Lakers before the season ended last April. He also has played for the Chicago Bulls, San Antonio Spurs and Detroit Pistons.