Marston Hefner, Hugh Hefner’s 21-year-old son, pleaded no contest to corporal injury to a spouse or cohabitant in a Pasadena court yesterday, according to the Associated Press. He had been arrested in February for kicking and punching then-girlfriend Claire Sinclair, 2011′s Playboy Playmate of the Year. He is expected to be sentenced to a year of domestic violence counseling and to be ordered to stay away from Sinclair for three years, Assistant Pasadena City Prosecutor Chris Blankenhorn said.
“At the end of the three years, he can withdraw his plea, similar to an expungement. But it’s contingent upon him obeying all laws and court conditions,” Blankenhorn told the New York Daily News.
“We got into an argument about something really silly and it kind of escalated and it became violent,” Sinclair told E! at the time, adding that Hefner was “unstable” throughout the course of their relationship and inconsistently took his antidepressants. “Initially, he kicked me and I went backwards, I fell. Then he punched me and grabbed me up, and I scratched him to defend myself. It was very shocking.”
After the incident, Sinclair told TMZ that she would drop the charges against him “if he keeps his word to give a public apology for physically abusing me on several occasions, and seeks psychiatric help for his anger issues.” But Pasadena police explained to Huffington Post that Hefner would be prosecuted with or without Sinclair’s cooperation.
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