Los Angeles, CA – Former Partridge Family star and one-time teen heartthrob David Cassidy has been ordered to a three month stint in rehab. Cassidy appeared before a judge March 24th and pleaded ‘no contest’ to a DUI charge he caught earlier this year, in January. It’s his second DUI arrest in six months and his third DUI since 2011.
This time around, Cassidy was pulled over by a California Highway Patrol officer for making an illegal turn at a red light near the Los Angeles International Airport. When breathalized, Cassidy blew 0.19, which is twice the legal limit, according to a California Highway Patrol statement.
Cassidy was also sentenced to five years’ probation after submitting his plea of ‘no contest’ to the drunken driving charge on Monday.
Cassidy, 63, will spend 90 days in an alcohol rehab facility, however, because he’s been in a residential program ever since his arrest back in January he will soon be able to leave and resume his career entertaining, according to his manager.
In fact, the singer already has gigs booked as early as next month up in in North Carolina.
The Partridge Family Dispute Caused Cassidy’s Relapse
Cassidy’s manager, who spoke with CNN several days after this most recent arrest, attributed Cassidy’s drinking relapse to stress from a recent session with lawyers who subjected him to some intense questioning about a legal dispute regarding profits from the Partridge Family franchise.
Manager Jo-Ann Geffen added that “David just completed a stint in rehab and was doing very well in sobriety.”
Geffen elaborated, “He was in Los Angeles to attend depositions by Sony Pictures Television, respondents in a lawsuit filed by Cassidy in 2011 over what he claims are monies long due him from ‘Partridge Family’ merchandise, home video, etc. After attending his and his manager’s depositions, it appears as if the pressure led to a brief relapse.”
The Partridge Family: Family Sitcom
Cassidy played the eldest of five children of a widowed mother, played by Shirley Jones, who was then Cassidy’s actual stepmother, on the popular 1970s TV series.
The premise of the show was of a traveling family of musicians. Their trademark: a vibrantly-painted school bus, took them to their gigs where they’d play their own wholesome brand of music. When the show was canceled after only four seasons, Cassidy launched a solo career as a pop musician and rather successfully so; his presence would fill concert halls with screaming teenage girls. One of his best-known hits is the love pop song, “I Think I Love You.”
History of Alcohol Abuse
Cassidy was first arrested for DUI in Florida in November of November of 2010. His second DUI arrest occurred in upstate New York in August of 2013. That incident involved Cassidy failing to dim his high beams as he passed a police car going in the opposite direction. Cassidy failed the field sobriety test and was subsequently breathalyzed. His BAC was 0.10, which is above the New York State legal limit of 0.08.
Cassidy publicly admitted he had a problem with alcohol in 2008.
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