The child actor who starred Free Willy has been arrested on suspicion of domestic violence after ‘grabbing’ his girlfriend during a row.
He spent two nights in jail until he was released on a $20,000 bail on Wednesday.
Ritcher’s representative told TMZ that an he got into an argument with his girlfriend.
Jason James Richter (pictured) was arrested Monday night following a row with his girlfriend
The representative said she locked the bedroom door only for Ritcher to break it down and confront her.
The girlfriend reported the incident to the police hours later, alleging domestic violence.
Ritcher’s representative claims the girlfriend said he grabbed her wrists after allegedly asking her if she was having an affair with a co-worker.
He has been charged with one count of vandalism and another count of battery on a significant other with no physical injury, according to TMZ. If found guilty, he could face up to one year in prison.
The actor starred in the hugely popular 1993 movie Free Willy as well as its two sequels Free Willy: 2 and Free Willy 3: The Rescue.
He was discovered by a Japanese casting agency there as a youngster and was put up for TV spots before he eventually moved to Los Angeles in 1989 to throw himself into the industry.
Jason was launched to fame through the role in in Free Willy 1993 after being discovered as a youngster by a Japanese casting agency in Hawaii
Launching: Free Willy was an incredible hit, grossing more than $150 million at the box office
He managed to land the role in Free Willy – his very first movie gig – after making it through a grueling audition process that saw him selected from a group of over 4,000 young actors.
He eventually starred in two sequels to the film – doubling his fee on the second movie to $1 million at age 15 – as well as landing roles in the likes of The Neverending Story III, Cops & Robbersons and TV shows such as Sabrina the Teenage Witch and Rugrats.
In 1998 Jason stepped away from acting when he was just 18, instead turning his focus towards music. Aside from one role opposite Kate Hudson in 2001’s Ricochet River would be nearly 10 years before he returned to the screen.
Richter had several minor acting roles in recent years and has maintained a low profile
He dipped his toe back into the industry with 2009’s Tekken and an appearance on TV show Bones, but in the last few years appears to have really ramped up his appearances.
He had seven projects slated for 2018, including horror film Ghost in the Graveyard and thriller Driver.
Despite all these projects, Jason has still maintained a relatively low profile over the years, which he has said leads to people assuming that he has gone through the worst.
Around Free Willy’s 20th anniversary, he told Daily Beast: ‘There were rumors that I got a face tattoo. That I got into a car accident. That I became a drug addict. All this stuff.’