Pia Zadora, 61, is back in the news but not exactly as the actress and singer would want after a long career hiatus. Zadora was arrested in Las Vegas last June after her teenaged son called police. The abuse included her spraying her teenage son with a hose and scratching him in an attempt to get him to go to bed. For that she ordered to undergo alcohol and impulse control counseling. She was originally domestic abuse and coercion in dealing with her autistic son, Jordon. The case raises some troubling questions over the treatment of her husband, a Metro police officer.
The incident went from a disobedient teen and culminated with a SWAT team siege. According to reports, Zadora told her son to go to bed but he insisted that he wanted to stay outside talking to friends at 11 p.m. She then grabbed the hose and turned it on the boy and his friends. That so far does not seem so bad. However, she then scratched her husband’s face and was “punching and scratching” her 32-year-old stepson. The scene apparently continued since at 4:30 a.m., she was wrestling over her son’s cellphone and scratched her son’s ear.
Police were aware that Zadora’s husband is a metro police officer and they knocked on the door and said “Metro Police. Come out with your hand up.” They say that a female voice was heard to say “We are back here, be out in a minute.” However, a male then yelled “What are you doing in my house?” When the officers said that he knew why they were there, they head the man say “Why don’t you f–king come back here and get me!”
That is when the police withdrew and called in the SWAT team.
The son says that he heard metro officer Michael Jeffries, 54, say that “if the police force their way in, we will get rich.” He also said that the family offered him money to lie about what happened.
Amazingly Zadora then went to sleep with the SWAT team surrounding the house. She insisted that she thought her detective husband would handle it. When she woke, she said that she found the electricity cut off and called 911 and was told to come outside.
What is astonishing is that, while the interview with Zadora was released, no information on the statement of her police officer husband was released or any word of a charge. Reports confirmed that the police decided not to arrest Jeffries or even interview him after Zadora came out of the house. His son, Michael Jeffries Jr., is to stand trial for the murder of a friend in November.
This leaves a rather odd case and questions over how this police officer was treated. It seems unlikely that, for a family without a police officer, there would be no arrest after a long SWAT siege. They would not simply leave without speaking with everyone inside or bringing charges. Yet, this was back in June, but while Zadora was sentenced this week, there is no word on any action against the husband.
Yet, not only did the judge sentence Zadora to the treatment, she was told that she will face 30 days in jail if she fails to seek help. The husband, if he did say that they were going to be rich, will be disappointed it seems with the haul from the confrontation. It would be astonishing if he was allowed to keep his job. Not exactly good press.
Of course, this is still better than her collection of Razzies and her selection as “worst new star of the decade” in 1990. Her former casino owner husband was accused of rigging her selection as the “rising star” performer by wining and dining committee members at his casino.