Zachery Ty Bryan’s legal situation has gotten more intense.
According to TMZ, prosecutors are adding new charges against the “Home Improvement” star, including an additional felony, for the alleged assault of his girlfriend last weekend.
Police documents paint a terrifying picture of the Oct. 16 incident. The police report claims the actor woke his girlfriend up because he was angry about missing phone chargers. Zachery was reportedly shouting obscenities at the woman and even pulled her out of bed by her hair. At that point, he allegedly started beating her, the report states.
The woman told police that Zachery has become more agitated of late and alleged that he’s been getting abusive over the past month. On the night of the incident, he allegedly punched and slapped her in the head and face multiple times.
“She also claims he choked her to the point she thought she was going to suffocate, and put his knee into the back of her neck,” TMZ reported.
Eventually the woman managed to get away and called 911, but she claims Zachery disconnected the line. When police called back, he was standing next to her listening to the conversation. At some point she escaped to a friend’s home nearby, previous reports indicate.
Once authorities arrived, Zachery was reportedly evasive and claimed the woman was upset because he was trying to break up with her. Police also noticed blood and bruising on the woman.
Zachery was initially arrested on a charge of felony strangulation, as well as charges of fourth-degree assault and interfering with making a report, both of which are misdemeanors. Prosecutors have now charged him with strangulation and coercion, both of which are felonies. He’s also being charged with six misdemeanors.
The actor is now out on bail but can not have any contact whatsoever with the victim.