Orlando Brown, a former child star, has pleaded not guilty to misdemeanour assault charges stemming from an alleged altercation in Lima, Ohio.
According to Allen County Sheriff’s Office records, Brown, 35, was arrested Thursday morning and is being held on a $25,000 bond. According to the Los Angeles Times, he was arraigned Friday in Lima Municipal Court and charged with aggravated menacing.
According to police, they were called to a home and witnessed a verbal argument that they feared would turn violent.
Brown has a long history of legal and personal issues, including charges of domestic battery, resisting arrest, and drug possession.
He has been in and out of hospitals and rehabilitation centres. In 2018, he sought assistance from Dr. Phil McGraw, who invited him onto his television show to discuss Brown’s difficulties.
Brown told McGraw about his previous battles with alcohol and drugs, including marijuana and crystal meth, on the show.
“The drug’s influence and the demons that come with it kind of took over,” Brown explained. “I just ended up in a dark place because I couldn’t find anyone. It’s similar to looking for your keys; when you stop looking, they’re right there. I began to see what was in front of me. I’m all set from there.”
Brown rose to prominence as a Disney Channel child star, most notably as Eddie Thomas, Raven-psychic Symoné’s character’s best friend on “That’s So Raven.” He also played Sticky Webb in the Disney Channel animated series “The Proud Family,” and he co-starred in the ABC sitcom “Two of a Kind” with Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen.
Before embarking on a solo rap career, the actor/singer recorded several Disney cover songs, including “Squid Games,” which was inspired by the hit Netflix show.