With many child actors, it’s usually a matter of when, not if, news of their impending meltdown hits the web. For example, allegedly Malcolm in the Middle star Frankie Muniz hit girlfriend Elycia Turnbow and threatened suicide while the two were in Phoenix, AZ last Friday. According to the police report filled by Turnbow, the actor “grabbed a gun and held it to his head, possibly with intent of committing suicide.” Elycia called one of Frankie’s bandmates and Muniz was taken to the hospital. The actor was released later that same night, indicatingÃ‚Â that child actors should wear some sort of ear tag or radio collar so doctors know not to immediately release them back in the wild.
When Muniz returned home, Turnbow claimed he “punched her in the back of the head, and threw her into a wall while in the downstairs bedroom.” While Elycia said Frankie hit her after an argument about “prior relationships,” Muniz says it was she who instigated the fight “by Elycia yelling at him and hitting him in the face.” As for threatening to end his life, the actor told police, “I grabbed the case, but not the gun … it isn’t even loaded.” The fact that the police then went back to their house and found the gun loaded should be a surprise to absolutely no one.
Now, contrary to both Frankie and Elycia’s comments on the night of the incident, Muniz’s rep denies the fight took place. “The police were called to the residence,” Muniz’s rep said this afternoon. “A gun played no part in the argument and was voluntarily given to the police for safekeeping.Ã‚Â There were no bruises and neither left the residence. He was not suicidal.Ã‚Â She was not assaulted.” Despite what sounded like an unpleasant weekend, Muniz tweeted about Elycia yesterday, announcing, “The table all set for Valentine’s Day dinnerÃ¢â‚¬Â¦I love @elyciamarie.” Here’s hoping the couple immediately break-up or proceed to counseling; no amount of adorable Valentine’s Day surprises are going to replace good old fashion psychological therapy.