Heather Locklear is reported to be in a rehab facility following her arrest for domestic violence and battery on a police officer last month.
The actress, 56, is ‘getting the help she finally needs,’ a source told Entertainment Tonight Wednesday, adding that the former Melrose Place star has been battling substance abuse ‘for years.’
The unnamed insider revealed that it was Heather’s 20-year-old daughter Ava Sambora who had finally persuaded her mom to seek help.
Getting help: Heather Locklear is reported to be in a rehab facility following her arrest for domestic violence and battery on a police officer last month
‘Ava begged her mom to go to rehab,’ the source told ET.
‘After Heather finally agreed, Ava went away with her father to get a break from it all,’ the source explained.
Ava and her father Richie Sambora have headed to Hawaii with the former Bon Jovi rocker focusing on being there to support his only child during this difficult time.
Begged: A source told Entertainment Tonight that it was Heather’s 20-year-old daughter Ava Sambora who had finally persuaded her mom to seek help
Supportive: After her famous mom entered a treatment facility, Ava and her dad Richie Sambora headed off to Hawaii for a break together
Heather was arrested and charged after police responded to a 911 call from her Thousand Oaks home on February 25.
She and her boyfriend Chris Heisser had gotten into an altercation and things turned violent when the actress allegedly almost bit off his nose.
Police officers who responded to the residence found her uncooperative and she allegedly attacked three of them as they tried to make an arrest.
She was taken to a local hospital for a check up before being transported to jail.
She was booked on a felony count of domestic violence and three counts of misdemeanor battery on a peace officer. She later posted a $ 20,000 bail and is due in court on March 13.
Heather was arrested and charged after police responded to a 911 call from her Thousand Oaks home on February 25 and found she had almost bitten off her boyfriend Chris Heisser’s nose
Search warrant: Cops subsequently returned to the residence in an exclusive gated community to search for a handgun registered in the star’s name but did not find it
According to TMZ, Heather told cops: ‘If you ever come back to my house I will shoot you.’
On Tuesday, law enforcement returned to her home in an exclusive gated community to search for a weapon after obtaining a search warrant.
The website reported she has a handgun registered to her name that she obtained in 1985. However, the search did not turn up the gun.
ET’s source told the TV show that Heather believes ‘this whole situation is just one big mistake’ and she blames her brother for calling the cops on her.
Meanwhile, People reported this week that Locklear has been ‘struggling and fragile’ ever since her divorce from Sambora in 2007. The couple wed in 1994.
He was her rock: Heather has been reportedly in a dark place ever since she divorced Richie in 2007 after 13 years of marriage. They are pictured together in 2005
The actress who also starred in TV’s T.J. Hooker, has a history of substance abuse and anxiety issues.
Last September, she was arrested last September after crashing her Porsche into a ditch while driving to Heisser’s home. No charges were filed after an investigation revealed she was sober at the time.
In 2011, when she was dating her former Melrose Place co-star Jack Wagner, LAPD officers were called to his home after the two allegedly got into a heated argument and she punched him. No charges were filed by either party after the pair took part in a formal meeting at the LA County Attorney’s Office.
Locklear was pulled over in September 2008 on suspicion of DUI after she was seen driving erratically. An eyewitness told officials with the California Highway Patrol that Locklear ‘was revving her engine loudly, and backed over a pair of sunglasses several times’.
While a drug test found no alcohol or illegal narcotics in her system, she was charged with one misdemeanor count of DUI. The Santa Barbara County Deputy District Attorney Lee Carter said he believed medication she was on for anxiety and depression ‘could have impaired her ability to safely drive a motor vehicle’.
Locklear pleaded no contest to reckless driving and the DUI charge was dropped. She was sentenced to three years of informal probation, a DMV driver safety class and a $ 700 fine.
Popular actress: Locklear, pictured in 2016, starred in such TV shows as Melrose Place, T.J. Hooker and Spin City
In March of that year, paramedics and police officers rushed to Locklear’s home when a man claiming to be her doctor called 911, saying he feared she was trying to commit suicide.
While Locklear appeared fine when cops showed up at her door, authorities say they believe the doctor’s concern was legitimate since Locklear appeared to be suffering from anxiety and depression.
In April 2010, she was arrested again for felony hit and run after crashing her BMW into a sign close to the gated community where she lived with Sambora.
On that occasion, Locklear was cleared due to ‘insufficient evidence’.
In January 2012, authorities responded to Locklear’s house again after her sister called 911, who feared her life was in danger after mixing prescription medication and alcohol. Locklear was taken to the hospital but was discharged the next day.
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