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Diane Herbst and Mike Fleeman
May 07, 2009 05:45 PM

Kiefer Sutherland was charged Thursday with misdemeanor assault for allegedly headbutting a fashion designer at a New York party.

Wearing a black overcoat and carrying an umbrella, the 24 star, 42, turned himself in at about 4 p.m. at the First Precinct, where he was arrested on the third-degree assault charge.

After he was photographed and fingerprinted, Sutherland walked out of the precinct at about 6 p.m. accompanied by his Los Angeles lawyer, Blair Berk. He didn’t answer reporters’ questions but waved to the crowd of photographers before getting into a black town car and driving off.

Sutherland is expected within a month to appear before a judge in Manhattan Criminal Court to answer to the misdemeanor, which is punishable by a fine of as much as $1,000 and up to a year in jail.

Sutherland allegedly headbutted designer Jack McCollough during a scuffle early Tuesday morning. Sutherland allegedly got physical with McCollough after the designer bumped into fellow party guest Brooke Shields.

Los Angeles authorities said they intend to investigate whether Sutherland violated probation for his second DUI conviction in 2007 for which he served seven weeks in jail. If so, he could face additional jail time.

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