Bipolar ‘Breakfast Club’ Star Anthony Michael Hall Faces 7 Years In Prison After Felony Battery Charges [Video]

Anthony Michael Hall, the 48-year-old “Brat Pack” actor famous for such 1980s movies as Breakfast Club, Weird Science, and Sixteen Candles, is now facing up to seven years in prison after felony battery charges have been filed against him.

These felony battery charges stem from an incident that took place in early September outside of Hall’s Playa del Rey condo, in which it is alleged that Anthony broke the wrist of his neighbor, Richard Samson, and then violently shoved him to the ground, resulting in an injured back for Samson. During the altercation, Samson said that Anthony “shouted to close the gate, came over and slammed it shut, and then melted down.”

The Los Angeles County DA’s office states that Hall was “willfully and unlawfully using force and violence upon the person of Richard Samson, resulting in the infliction of serious bodily injury on such person.”

Before the physical fight between Anthony Michael Hall and Richard Samson, there was a verbal disagreement, which is what led up to the battery altercation. The argument is alleged to have begun after Hall’s neighbor Samson said that he heard loud noises outside. Upon investigating, he found that Anthony had torn up plants that were located in a common area of the condominium.

Anthony Michael Hall and other 80s actors presenting a tribute to the late John Hughes at the Academy Awards
Anthony Michael Hall and fellow 80s actors and actresses, presenting a tribute to John Hughes at the 82nd Annual Academy Awards. [Image by Jason Merritt/Getty Images]

After discovering Anthony Michael Hall’s gardening experiment gone wrong, Richard Samson protested at the torn up plants. According to Samson, Hall uttered “obscenities” and threatened to then “beat him to a pulp” if he didn’t go away and leave him alone. Anthony later visited his neighbor, knocking on the door and trying to get him outside in order to engage him in a fight.

It is alleged that aside from tearing up plants, a dispute also arose due to an unlocked gate at Anthony Michael Hall’s condo complex. Another neighbor agreed, stating that “a gate in the complex was open, somebody else walked through it and that’s where the whole gate thing started. He was obviously off the rails.”

The maximum sentence for Hall’s crime of felony battery was originally four years, but due to “exceptional circumstances,” it has been pushed up to seven. It is unclear why this is the case, but Anthony does have prior run-ins with the law.

In 2009, Hall’s ex-girlfriend Diana Falzone was able to successfully obtain a temporary restraining order from the Manhattan Family Court, as she claimed that Anthony been harassing her for over the better part of the night by shouting outside her apartment door. When Falzone relented and let him in, she claims that he then physically assaulted her by shoving her head into a wall.

Neighbors in the past have also been fearful as 2011 saw Anthony Michael Hall behaving in a bizarre fashion when he would randomly shoot people with a water hose and swear at people walking by his condominium. Complaints were made to the condo association, but no legal action was taken then.

It is unknown if alcohol plays a factor in the most recent September battery incident. Hall has previously stated that he began drinking at the age of 13 and that by the time he was 18, alcohol played a large role in his life. But, by his early 20s, he had given up alcohol completely and has been said to have remained sober ever since.

In 2003, the insurers of the television show The Dead Zone are reported to have sued Anthony Michael Hall for $612,000 after Hall failed to disclose that he suffered from Bipolar Disorder. In their lawsuit, Chubb Insurance of Canada claimed that production of the television show ground to a screeching halt after Hall was taken to the hospital after suffering from “bipolar affective disorder depression with psychotic features.”

Could Anthony Michael Hall’s troubles with the law be the result of suffering from mental health issues that need to be addressed and is throwing him into prison under felony battery charges really the best solution to such a problem?

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