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Actor Billy Dee Williams Arrested on Allegation of Domestic Violence

January 31, 1996 GMT

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Actor Billy Dee Williams was arrested for allegedly battering his live-in girlfriend, authorities said.

Police received a domestic violence call Tuesday evening from a woman who said she was Williams’ girlfriend, said police Detective Serge Ryevski.

``She had minor scratches and bruises,″ he said.

Police confirmed early today that Williams, 58, was arrested at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at a home in the Hollywood Hills. It was unclear if it was the actor’s residence.

He was booked at the Hollywood station on suspicion of domestic violence, and was freed about 3 a.m. today after posting $50,000 bail, police said.

The woman’s name wasn’t released.

Lt. Ron Sanchez called the incident an argument that led to ``a physical confrontation from both parties, on both parties,″ and added that Williams has ``absolutely no history of violence that we’re aware of.″

Williams starred in films such as ``Lady Sings the Blues″ in 1972; ``Mahogany″ in 1975, ``Return of the Jedi″ in 1983 and ``Batman″ in 1989.