Jaime King Steps Out for First Time Since 'Violent' Attack with 4-Year-Old Son in Car
Jaime King was photographed in Beverly Hills on Thursday, one day after her son was involved in what she described as an “incredibly violent” car attack
The Hart of Dixie actress and mother of two, 38, was seen running errands in the neighborhood. She wore a long white t-shirt, a black leather jacket and loose-fitting black pants.
On Wednesday afternoon, King’s 4-year-old son James Knight was struck by glass after a man allegedly attacked the parked car the boy was sitting in with a female friend of the actress in Beverly Hills.
The man — identified as Paul Francis Floyd, 47, of Los Angeles — allegedly jumped onto the vehicle, according to a release from the Beverly Hills Police Department.
King — who also shares son Leo Thames, 32 months, with husband Kyle Newman — was not in the vehicle at the time of the attack.
“[James] was secured in a child car seat positioned in the back seat of the vehicle as the suspect jumped on the rear windshield causing glass to shatter and strike the child,” the release read. “In an effort to protect the child, the female driver exited the vehicle and confronted the suspect at which time he threw a can at her, striking her arm.”
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The Beverly Hills Police Department said they received several calls of vehicle vandalism — including “kicking and jumping on the vehicles” — before they arrived within minutes and detained Floyd.
Floyd was arrested for felony child endangerment, misdemeanor battery and two counts of felony vandalism and was being held on $100,000 bail. He’s scheduled to appear in court April 6.
In a statement released Thursday on Instagram, King said that she and her son were both “very shaken up” by the incident.
“Thank you so much to everyone for the outpouring of love we have received since yesterday’s attack. James Knight is very shaken up, as am I. The attack was incredibly violent, and my 4-year-old son was obviously the target of the individual’s brutal attack, which is terrifying,” King began.
“The news that has been released has been inaccurate to the level of sustained violence and intent of this act,” she wrote before thanking police officers “and the bystanders who stepped to help.”
“I want to believe that we live in a world where human integrity comes before documenting an attack,” King continued. “I’m saddened that the paparazzi chose to terrorize my son and I by shoving cameras in our face during the attack, whilst he was shaking and crying instead of trying to help. My brave friend Judit Balogh used her self-defense training to try and keep the individual from harming James Knight while glass was shattering on him, as the perpetrator jumped on the roof until it collapsed and kicked in windows trying to get to him. He threw a bottle at her, hitting and assaulting her, but he couldn’t catch her. Without her bravery and selflessness, I cannot imagine the outcome.”
King added: “I encourage all women and men to arm themselves with the skill of self-defense training, I promise you will never know when you might need to use it.”
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King’s message concluded with a plea to lawmakers to provide more resources dedicated to helping those suffering from “mental health, drug addiction, and homelessness.”
“We as a society can do better than to let those in need endanger themselves and those around them without the help they require,” she wrote. “I believe strongly in our Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and our Beverly Hills Mayor Julian A. Gold and know they will not only continue to work to change the status quo but also dedicate themselves to these issues that permeate California.”
She concluded the note with a promise: “I will do all I can so that no parent, child, person will have to be victimized as we have and that those in need receive the resources necessary.”