Andrew Keegan Sets the Record Straight on Taser Incident

Celebrity News Jul. 8, 2011 AT 5:20PM
Andrew Keegan Sets the Record Straight on Taser Incident Credit: Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic

Time to set the record straight! 

Actor Andrew Keegan denies reports that he was tasered by police in Marina Del Ray, Calif. on July 2. 

The 10 Things I Hate About You star helped organize a fundraiser called Street Sessions hosted by C Street Organization. Keegan, 32, is a member of C Street Organization, a community collective which, according to its mission statement, brings "awareness of the charities important to our community" through "organized neighborhood gatherings." 

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"It was the most peaceful gathering," Keegan tells Us Weekly. He explains the organization spent "countless hours" to "cover all the bases" -- making sure they had alcohol permits and community approval before the event. 

According to Keegan's rep, around 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, 45 to 50 LAPD officers arrived on the walk street after responding to an incident at another party in the area. The band onstage immediately stopped playing. 

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"It just kind of escalated to something," Keegan explains. "[The police] have rights, and I have rights… It just really happened so fast that I didn't even realize it," he insists.

Keegan was detained in handcuffs and held in a police vehicle. He was cited with a misdemeanor offense for loud music (although there was no noise complaint made) before being released. But was he tasered, as many outlets claimed? "No, no, no," he insists.

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It was just "a series of unfortunate circumstances," the actor adds, noting that despite the scuffle, he plans to host more fundraisers in the future. "I really look forward to the opportunity to do it again," he adds. "With a little bit more understanding [of] the powers that be."

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