'24' Star Sutherland Charged Over Head-Butt Claim

By: Colleen Long
By: Colleen Long
Kiefer Sutherland has been charged with assault for allegedly head-butting a fashion designer at a Manhattan nightclub. New York police said the charges were filed after Sutherland spoke to investigators at a police station in lower Manhattan on Thursday

Actor Kiefer Sutherland leaves his Manhattan apartment before turning himself in to police Thursday, May 7, 2009 in New York. Sutherland entered a New York City police station Thursday for questioning about a fashion designer's claim that the actor head-butted him at a nightclub. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)

NEW YORK (AP) -- Kiefer Sutherland has been charged with assault for allegedly head-butting a fashion designer at a Manhattan nightclub. New York police said the charges were filed after Sutherland spoke to investigators at a police station in lower Manhattan on Thursday.

The star of Fox television's "24" reported to the precinct house in a Lincoln Town Car alongside his lawyers, but he did not speak to reporters.

The designer, Jack McCollough, claims Sutherland attacked him after an argument, leaving him with a cut on his face.

It's unclear whether the charges will affect his probation status for a drunken-driving conviction in Los Angeles that sent him to jail for 48 days last year.

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Associated Press writer Anthony McCartney in Los Angeles contributed to this report.

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