Finley, Kitaen accuse each other of violence, drug abuse
The Associated Press
Thursday, May 16, 2002
Orange, Calif. — Actress Tawny Kitaen and her husband, pitcher Chuck Finley of the Cleveland Indians, accused one another of domestic violence and drug abuse in dueling court documents obtained Wednesday by The Associated Press.
Petitioning to regain custody of their two children, Kitaen claimed that Finley started a fight that led to her arrest in April. She also accused him of alcohol and drug abuse, and said he took steroids.
In his petition to keep custody of the children, Finley alleged that Kitaen's "acts of domestic violence and chronic drug abuse place the children at risk."
The petitions were filed May 2 in Orange County Superior Court. A hearing on Kitaen's request has been continued until June 3.
Claiming that his wife is addicted to prescription medication, Finley's petition stated, "Her abuse of drugs, legal or illegal, impair her abilities to provide a safe environment for the children."
Finley filed divorce papers and obtained a temporary restraining order after his wife allegedly attacked him in their car. The court order also gave him temporary custody of the couple's daughters, ages 9 and 3.