What’s going on with Hollywood’s former child stars? Is it that toxic to be a teen on TV? The actor who played a nerd now stands accused of a terrifingly violent incident on Feb. 11 in Phoenix.
Here’s what went down, according to Frankie Muniz‘ girlfriend Elycia Turnbow. She told Phoenix police that the former Malcolm in the Middle star “grabbed a gun and held it to his head, possibly with the intent of committing suicide,” TMZ.com reports.
Elycia said she and Frankie, 25, had been battling over “prior relationships” on Feb. 11 when he picked up the gun. And she claims he punched her later that night.
But Frankie tells a whole different story –he say he had to defend himself after Elycia woke him up by yelling at him and assaulting him. In the version he gave to the police, “Elycia fell to the ground and started to kick the bedroom door.” He told officers he would never, ever hit Elycia — “I love her too much. She is the woman I want to marry.”
Police say they found the gun– with bullets in the magazine. But it turns out Frankie was the one who called the police for help — because he was “scared that this was getting out of control,” GossipCop.com reports.
The cops say neither Frankie or Elycia had signs of injuries. Still, officers took the gun out of the house. And they left the couple with a warning — if officers are called back to their house, they both could get locked up!
But this twisted tale gets even stranger — by Valentine’s Day, Frankie felt things with Elycia, who works as a publicist, were back on track. So good, in fact, that he tweeted, “The table all set for Valentine’s Day dinner.”
Now a rep for Frankie says “a gun played no part in the argument,” “he was not suicidal” and Elycia was not assaulted. The couple, the rep claims, is “moving forward with their lives and with their relationship.”
Since Malcolm in the Middle ended its six-year run in 2006 , Frankie has had only a handful of major movie and TV roles. Maybe he saw that his path could lead to a dead end. After starting his acting career at age 8, he turned his sights to auto racing. He’s done pretty well — driving for sponsored teams and slowly rising up in the ladder of professional ranks.