“I was just standing by the little line [outside the Governors Ball],” Young told PEOPLE Monday morning. “I wasn’t bothering anybody.”
According to TMZ, which first broke the story, Young was placed under citizens’ arrest by another member of the security team before being taken to the police station and booked for battery after the alleged altercation. Police later confirmed her arrest to PEOPLE.
Young, 52, who didn’t have a ticket to the party, told PEOPLE she was there to take pictures with party guests for her Facebook page.
“They said, ‘No, you have to leave,’ ” said Young. “I started to leave and [the guard] grabbed my arm and he started pulling me. And I turned around and I was pulling my arm away – and I struck him.”
Still, she maintains, it was the security guard who was in the wrong.
“They need to make a public apology on behalf of their security guard,” Young told PEOPLE, also mentioning an attorney for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences whom she said suggested the citizens’ arrest take place.
And in an interview Monday with X17 Online, the actress says footage from the night will exonerate her.
“I was well-behaved,” she said in the video interview. “It was fine … and the surveillance tape will bear that out. It’s atrocious behavior on the Academy’s part.”
The Academy says in a statement, “There was an incident with Ms. Young outside the Academy s Governors Ball. It was not the Academy who pressed charges.”