Pia Zadora faced a judge in Las Vegas Thursday, for a domestic incident back in May in which she turned a garden hose on her teen aged son in order to force him to go to bed. Pia Zadora, a former Broadway child actress, must follow the judge's orders or faces 30 days in jail, according to USA Today on Sept. 13.
Zadora was ordered Thursday by Las Vegas Township Judge Melanie Tobiasson to stay out of trouble for a year, attend impulse control counseling and have her alcohol use evaluated.
Pia, 61, must then follow all recommendations of that evaluation or will be sent to jail for 30 days, according to the Las Vegas Sun.
She is charged with domestic abuse and coercion stemming from an incident at her Summerlin home on May 31 involving her 16-year-old son, who allegedly refused to go to bed.
Pia apparently turned a garden hose on him, and tried to pry his cell phone out of his hands when he tried to call police. She was drinking alcohol with her off-duty Metro Police officer husband Michael Jeffries, 54, and his 32-year-old adult son when the altercation ensued.
The initial commotion began around 11 p.m., but it wasn't until about four hours later that the teenager phoned cops.
Zadora and the other adults in the house refused to answer the door or cooperate with police when they arrived, which led to a response from the Metro SWAT unit.
Reports say Pia argued with her husband and stepson during the altercation, and may have scratched both as they attempted the get the hose away from her.
The entire incident is being blamed on Zadora apparently being tired, and wanting her teenage son to go to bed, and her stepson to go home. Alcohol may have been clouding her judgement if she thought turning a hose on her son would make him sleepy.
Zadora's attorneys posted $4,000 bail Thursday. Besides being a child actress on Broadway, she starred in the 1982 film “Butterfly” for which she won a Golden Globe Award.
However, she was wrapped up in a 1982 scandal that involved her former husband trying to influence voting by The Hollywood Foreign Press Association.
They named her rising star of the year after her husband wined and dined many voting members at his Las Vegas casino.
She's since been voted the most Razzie awards, which honor the worst movies of the year on the eve of the Oscars. Zadora even won "worst new star of the decade" in 1990.
Judge Tobiasson scheduled a status check on Pia's case for Oct. 10.