Men Behaving Badly: Ryan O'Neal

In this edition of middle-aged men behaving badly (see Michael Richards, Mel Gibson and Isaiah Washington) I’m spotlighting Ryan O'Neal who allegedly pulled a gun on his 42-year-old son Griffin O'Neal early yesterday at his Malibu home. The Love Story star was charged with assault with a deadly weapon and negligent discharge of a firearm. Griffin's girlfriend, a 22-year-old chickadee received "minor injuries" and was transported to a local hospital. There’s speculation that her injuries could have been the result of a gunshot. Farrah Fawcett's sometimes boyfriend was released from jail at 5:30am after posting $50,000.

Apparently the gentleman raging maniacs have a history of behaving badly. Star rag says Ryan knocked out Griffin's two front teeth after getting into a brawl when Griffin was 14. Griffin has his own history with the po-po. He spent 18 days in jail for not performing community service stemming from a reckless boating accident in '86 that killed the son of director Francis Ford Coppola.

No word on what caused the beef... Maybe Griffin is bitter over a Christmas gift his dad gave him... or didn’t give him. Maybe he wanted his dad to appear on Surreal Life and call him on the phone so that he could get a cameo. Who knows. Doesn’t sound like a fun family to hang with.

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