Pippi Longstocking star Tami Erin explains assault arrest as self defense after male roommate was allegedly taping her. Credit: Paul Archuleta/FilmMagic

Is Tami Erin the victim? After The New Adventures of Pippi Longstocking star was arrested Thursday, April 11 for allegedly assaulting her roommate, the former child star now claims it was an act of self defense.

Erin, 38, who starred as the lovable, pig-tailed redhead in the 1988 film, was taken into custody following an altercation with her male roommate in her Walnut Creek, Calif home. A neighbor intervened and placed Erin under citizen's arrest.

In a statement to E! News, Erin, who was released Friday morning, claimed she was defending herself after learning her roommate was illegally filming her.

"I'm in the San Francisco Bay area to support my father who had a stroke. I thought I was in a safe environment and my privacy was illegally violated," she said. "I caught this person filming me without my knowledge in my private environment and I was defending myself. He's 6' and I'm a 5'5" small girl. How much has he been filming me without my knowledge? The truth will come out."

The case is now being reviewed by prosecutors.