Josh Brolin Arrested for Public Intoxication

By McCarton Ackerman 01/07/13

The True Grit actor spent New Year's Day in jail—his second alcohol-related arrest.

Brolin spent New Year's Day behind bars.
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2013 started off on the wrong foot for Gangster Squad star Josh Brolin: the actor spent part of New Year's Day and the day after in a Santa Monica jail after he was arrested for public intoxication. Police found Brolin heavily intoxicated on a local sidewalk and placed the actor in a holding cell for approximately six hours before releasing him. Because public intoxication is a misdemeanor charge and he was not given a citation, he will likely not have to appear in court. This is not Brolin's first run-in with the law; in 2008, he and actor Jeffrey Wright were arrested at a Louisiana bar during the wrap-party for the movie W. They were accused of interfering with police as authorities tried to arrest another person for causing a disturbance. Another celebrity busted for booze in the new year is actor Thomas Gibson, the star of Criminal Minds and Dharma & Greg, who was arrested yesterday for DUI. The actor drove through a barricade in downtown Los Angeles that was set to keep cars off the course of an overnight half-marathon. When he was pulled over, Gibson refused to take a breathalyzer after smelling alcohol on his breath. He posted $15,000 bail immediately and was released.

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McCarton Ackerman is a freelance writer and editor living in Portland, Oregon. He has been a contributor for The Fix since October 2011, writing on a wide range of topics ranging from medical marijuana in Colorado to the world's sexiest drug smugglers. Follow him on Linkedin and Twitter.