Actress Stacey Dash has been arrested for domestic battery in Florida after allegedly pushing and slapping her husband Jeffrey Marty reports NBC News. Marty ended up with scratches on his body after a verbal argument between the two turned physical.
TMZ obtained footage of Dash being handcuffed and escorted away by police. The officer questioning her didn’t seem to know who she was, which appeared to irritate Dash who responded in terse bursts.
TMZ reports that a “source close to Dash” informed them that Dash was acting in self-defense. The source insisted that Marty attacked Dash and tried to choke her, prompting her to fight back. TMZ further reports that it was Dash who originally called the police.
While Dash is perhaps best known for her appearance in the popular 1995 film Clueless, she has managed to keep her name in headlines over the past few years by embracing a right-wing grifter persona that has left many of her former fans alienated. From 2014 to 2016, she found work as a reactionary talking head at Fox News where she sparked lucrative controversy for the conservative network by speaking up for the virulently racist wing of the GOP.
Her first serious scandal occurred when she said that President Obama didn’t “give a sh*t” about terrorism, echoing a popular strain of Republican thought which held that Obama was an Islamist sympathizer. Despite the backlash, Dash refused to moderate her opinions and went on to argue at a later date that Black History Month is a fundamentally unfair concept because there is no “White History Month.” The dog whistles were like red meat for many Fox viewers, who were thrilled to hear a woman of color regurgitate white nationalist talking points. Fox eventually declined to renew Dash’s contract.
In 2018, Dash launched a short-lived Congressional bid in California during which she appeared on MSNBC and defended President Trump’s odious Charlottesville comments and stated that she did not feel comfortable passing judgment on whether or not Neo-Nazis can be good people.
In some ways, getting arrested was the natural terminus for Dash’s flaming out career and there is something of an enjoyable irony in a vocal proponent of the so-called “law and order” Republican Party ending up in handcuffs.