Kelly Osbourne arrested for assault

kelly_osbourne.jpgKelly Osbourne, 24, who gained fame in the reality TV series The Osbournes, has been arrested for assault. A Scotland Yard spokesperson would not identify Osbourne, but issued the following statement: “I can confirm that a 24-year-old woman attended a central London police station by appointment at 3pm on January 2. She was arrested for common assault relating to an alleged incident in Soho in the early hours of 29th August 2008.” Apparently Osbourne was provoked by an article in the British paper The Mirror by Zoe Griffin who wrote that Osbourne’s model boyfriend Luke Worrall had asked what an earthquake was. Osbourne later approached Griffin at a nightclub and told her, “My boyfriend knows what an earthquake is and everyone has been laughing at him and he’s upset.” She added, “And then you take the piss out of my dad by saying he’s thick and he’s not. He’s like seriously clever.” Griffin says she offered to do an interview with Worrall to make amends, but Osbourne instead allegedly slapped Griffin’s cheek. Osbourne’s temper is likely inherited — her mother, Sharon, allegedly attacked Playboy model Megan Hauserman during a taping of VH1’s Rock Of Love: Charm School last year, after Hauserman accused her of being famous for managing a “brain dead rocker,” referring to her husband, Ozzy.

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  1. Jo-Anne. • January 20, 2009 @ 12:48 PM

    finally, a reason to cross them off my Annual Summer Barbecue Guest List….

  2. quinn • January 20, 2009 @ 1:50 PM

    Are we really surprised.

  3. Nancy • January 20, 2009 @ 5:19 PM

    FINALLY! A reason to invite them to my summer barbeque! I love Ozzy and Sharon and their clan would sure heat up more than just the bbq! Would be a blast!! 😛

  4. tributegirl • January 20, 2009 @ 5:43 PM

    I’m so there!

  5. nat • January 21, 2009 @ 9:27 AM

    sounds like these big mouths cant back up there words and hide behind assault charges. good for the Osbourne woman for sticking up for there men.

  6. Nancy • January 21, 2009 @ 5:02 PM

    Welcome to this “freedom of speech” world…where some people don’t think before they let their lips run. I totally agree with nat. You know the saying “If you can’t do the time, then don’t do the crime”? Well, if you run around talking BS about people, you should suffer the consequences! If you can’t handle that then you shouldn’t be running off at the mouth. Some people need to be put in their place and sometimes that means a slap in the mouth…but it is a big difference between that and shooting/stabbing people over gang/turf wars and the colour of someone’s skin.

  7. My own opinion • January 21, 2009 @ 5:44 PM

    Thank you, Vicki, for your compliment.

    I’m sorry, Nancy, but I cannot agree with your assertion that it is okay to hit someone because they say something that offends you. I am interpreting your statements to mean that it is “wrong” for assault charges to be pursued, and that the reporter should have either taken it as a justified punishment (in who’s eyes?) for what she wrote, or fought back (physically).

    I agree that a slap in the mouth is a big difference between shootings and stabbings, but I maintain that society’s (and the media and the entertainment industry) tolerance, or even glorification, of any physical action to “protect a person’s honour” (although that is much too gallant a phrase to use when describing the too easily bruised egos of celebrities), is what leads to the belief in too many youths and young adults that they have the right to avenge petty matters with violence. It can be said that the media and entertainment industries may not specifically advocate severe physical harm, but it does often promote physical action and that it is okay to get revenge, but unfortunately, people of this age often due not have the mental maturity to properly assess a reasonable response, and therefore fall into a “fightback” mode that is more than likely inappropriate and in too many cases the “consequences” far outweigh the grievance.

  8. My own opinion • January 21, 2009 @ 5:56 PM

    Oops, I meant “do” not “due”. I wish we could edit after submission.

  9. Nancy • January 21, 2009 @ 6:52 PM

    It’s ok to disagree! Alot of people disagree on how to discipline children too. Some kids learn their lesson by going in time-out or getting grounded, etc., others need a slap on the hand or the butt. For some, even that doesn’t work. What I’m saying is that everyone is different and some people can just let it in one ear and out the other, walk away, some can talk it over and work it out that way, others freak out but some really do try to work it out peacefully and sometimes the other party is uncooperative and NEED their “slap in the mouth”. I mean (and I think nat meant) that some people think they can just run around and say whatever about whoever and get away with it because “I will have you charged with assault if you do anything to me!” It’s not always just about egos and defending someone’s honour, we live in a society where everything is based on first impressions and one doesn’t even have to be physically present for someone to get a first impression of them. Some employers will not hire a person just because of what they have “heard” about them. Some people commit suicide because of lies and rumours spread about them. Assault is not only physical…the tongue is a very powerful weapon.

  10. Vicki • January 21, 2009 @ 10:42 PM

    Your point about verbal assaults being terribly harmful is well taken, Nancy. However, can it ever be a good idea to escalate the harm with physical violence? Will increasing the level of conflict ever lead to anything but deeper pain — emotional and/or physical — for all concerned?
    What if Kelly Osborne had tried writing a letter to the paper concerned? She could have criticized the reporter for comments she thought were malicious and slanderous. She could have stated her case with passion, kept her dignity, and earned respect for the boyfriend and father she’s trying to defend.

  11. Nancy • January 22, 2009 @ 1:25 AM

    Well, from my experience, CHANGE doesn’t happen by sitting back writing “boo hoo” letters. All it takes is a good smack in the right place and the BS stops! People like that need to be given the message quickly that their behaviour will not be tolerated. We all know that saying, “Nip it in the bud.” Who in their right mind would actually sit back and write a letter (or read one) that says “Can you please stop spreading rumours and lies about my friends and family? I find it very malicious and it is hurtful and uncalled for.” Kelly slapped Griffin because Griffin would not just apologize for the lie she wrote…instead, she tried to weasel her way into another interview so she could make up even more lies!

  12. mandee • January 22, 2009 @ 1:31 AM

    i think you all make very good points. i can see where youre coming from vicki, but the problem is, when you see someone who has recently been the reason you and/or your boyfriend are stressed or feeling insulted or whatever, the anger and bad feelings all come boiling to the surface. im not saying i agree, or disagree with what she did, personally i cant say i wouldnt do the same. im just saying, maybe she wasnt thinking clearly because it was like, she ALL OF A SUDDEN saw her. so instead of trying to write a letter and keep her dignity, she tried to talk it out, but the other person just kept edging her on. so in a way, i think she got what she deserved, but also, at the same time, i dont fully agree with physical violence. so im at a loss here for my opinion.

  13. Jo-Anne • January 22, 2009 @ 2:32 AM

    I totally agree with your comment, Vicki, I am not in favour of using violence to solve any problem whatoever. Furthermore, I disagree 100 percent with adults resorting to slapping or hitting children to drive their point home.

    your points are well expressed, Vicki, and I concur with the favorable remarks to My Own Opinion.

    It would appear that Mom Osbourne and Daughter both favour violence as an appropriate method of venting their issues, and maybe a “time out” pre Ozzy-Slapfest would have done both some good….

  14. demigod • January 22, 2009 @ 5:01 AM

    I’m with Nancy et al.. I applaud the Osbourne women.
    My own opinion- You ever stop to think that some outsider writing untrue, malicious lies about someone you care about can be more damaging/hurtful than a bruised lip? And why bring up ‘talent’ to the argument? What’s that got to do with standing up for yourself? Why don’t you question the talent of that Playboy bimbo calling Ozzy a brain dead rocker? The man is a legend.

  15. My Own Opinion • January 22, 2009 @ 12:18 PM

    First I would like to comment on how thoughtful the commentary on this particular thread are — there have been no attacks on individuals for their opinions, and mostly they have been backed up with some reasonable arguments. Unlike some stories’ postings.

    Demigod brings up the question why in my first point I brought up talent in my belief that neither Osborne should have resorted to physical abuse. Actually I intended those as separate points. Regardless of the slapping incident, she is a celebrity for no good reason.

    I absolutely agree that comments can be just as, or more, hurtful than a slap. However, both these comments should be rather innocuous to the likes of the Osborne family. They chose to participate in a reality show that highlighted their dysfunctional family, whether the portrayal was accurate or whether it was partially scripted for entertainment value. They should therefore expect commentary related to how they portrayed themselves on that show.

    I haven’t seen “Charm School”, but if it is anything like the bits of other similar shows I have seen, your characterization of her as a “Playboy bimbo” is probably pretty accurate (aren’t you worried about her coming over and slapping you for that insensitive comment?). But you must realize that those shows thrive on cattiness and people trying to capitalize on their 15 minutes of fame — Sharon willingly participated in a show that is based on using people’s bad behaviour as entertainment, and she should not be surprised by someone saying she is famous for managing a brain dead rocker. (As an aside I wonder if she was upset about Ozzy being called brain dead, or for her being famous only because of her association with Ozzy.) And, you must admit, the Osbourne show did portray Ozzy as a doddering fool, and whether it was accurate or not, the family allowed it.

    As for Kelly’s skirmish, I have not researched any of the facts of this situation past what is reported in the story above. Nancy called the comments a lie, and Mandee says the reporter was egging Kelly on during their conversation. Have these facts been reported in other stories? I have not seen any reliable source that what was written was untrue, so for now I have to believe it was true. And if the truth hurts, Kelly, that is life.

    Even if an argument can be made that the comments made deserve a slap, should the slap not come from the person who has been slighted (i.e. Ozzy and Luke Worrall)? If anyone was hurt by the comments, it was them, not Sharon or Kelly.

    As a final observation, I agree that the “insults” made about Luke and Ozzy were unnecessary and poor manners, but they come in a society where we view such behaviour as entertainment, and we clamour for dirt on celebrities. Sharon and Kelly willingly participate in, and make money from, that “entertainment” industry and they should not now complain when it personally negatively affects them. Remember, we are not dealing with ordinary people in real life situations here.

  16. mandee • January 22, 2009 @ 12:41 PM

    well, i am assuming she was egging (sorry for some reason i thought the word was edging??) her on, because people dont really just walk up and slap you for something you did a while ago lol. and if they do, well theres gotta be something wrong with them. i have never saw the show, or paid any attention to anything to do with this family. i only read this and commented. i am still not sure whether or not i agree with what she did.

  17. Nancy • January 22, 2009 @ 1:30 PM

    Well, “Griffin says she offered to do an interview with Worrall to make amends”….think about it…why would she want to make “amends” for the truth…?????!!!!

  18. vicki • January 22, 2009 @ 2:04 PM

    I know just what you mean, Mandee. Sometimes it is so hard to control our impulses when we are being nastily provoked. It really IS a tough situation to judge from the sidelines! I guess I just keep hoping people can aspire to be the best they can be and, some day, make this world a better place. Comments like yours make me very confident that is happening:)

  19. vicki • January 22, 2009 @ 2:06 PM

    …forgot to add, My Own Opinion,how much I agree with your comments on this thread. It is so pleasant to participate in a debate with lots of different opinions, respected by all!

  20. demigod • January 23, 2009 @ 1:23 AM

    Reality shows ARE scripted. Believe it. Portraying dysfunctionality was the appeal of that show, and the Osbournes played up to it. It’s comedy. It’s entertainment. Just because they portray themselves as dysfunctional on some show doesn’t mean they are.
    Though I do believe the drugs/booze over the years has affected Ozzy.

  21. Jo-Anne. • January 23, 2009 @ 2:38 PM

    I do see your point, demigod, yes, realty shows are scripted – personally I abhor Realty TV and the wee bit I’ve seen hasn’t changed my mind. The Osbournes was no exception for me, downright not entertaining, particularly the 2 kids.

    your last point, again agree that continual substance abuse over years has got to have some affects, not pretty.

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