Gary Coleman's Ex-Wife Defends Domestic Violence in Their Marriage
Gary Coleman's ex-wife Shannon Price insists the pair was both to blame for the domestic abuse issues which blighted their marriage. The redhead has come under fire after the "Diff'rent Strokes" star died following a fall at his home in Utah in May. It was revealed after she gave permission to turn off his life support that the pair had divorced in 2008 and she had no legal right to make the decision.
Price has since claimed the couple was planning to re-marry before Coleman's tragic demise, and has spoken out to defend their relationship - insisting their physical fights were tame compared to those of many other couples. And the 24 year old reveals she was as much to blame for the fights which landed them both in jail during their marriage.
She tells Britain's The Sun, "We had a few problems with police over physical abuse. Gary was suicidal at some points. One time he attacked me and I pressed charges and he went to jail. There are couples that are a lot worse than Gary and I. He went to jail for a night. So what? I went to jail too for a domestic violence charges between Gary and I. I'm not perfect either."
"He was strong for a guy of his stature. He got mad one day and threw a printer across the room like it was nothing. It was scary. He was set off quite easily." In January, Coleman pleaded guilty to one count of domestic violence criminal mischief and was fined $595 , while Price was arrested for domestic battery and disorderly conduct in July last year.
In the same occasion, Shannon Price also said Gary Coleman was desperate to escape the pressures of stardom at the height of his "Diff'rent Strokes" fame, but couldn't walk away from the huge pay cheques, according to his ex-wife. The actor shot to stardom as cute Arnold Jackson in the hugely popular U.S. sitcom, and made a fortune during his time on TV.
But his fame came at a price - he cut all ties with his parents after successfully suing them in 1989 for misappropriating his $3.8 million trust fund. The case was settled in 1993. Coleman's ex-wife Shannon Price has now revealed the actor hated his time in the limelight - and only stayed on the show for the money.
She claims Coleman begged TV bosses to be released form his contract on his 17th birthday, and was left shattered when they allegedly refused. She said, "He had a lot of insecurities and trust issues. He told me that after the first few years he wanted to quit, but he was making so much money he couldn't."
"When he was 17 he was promised he could get out of the business if he wanted to, but in the end they didn't let him. I was his first romantic relationship. Knowing how big a star he is it makes me feel really special."
Coleman was reportedly earning $100,000 an episode during his time on the show, which he landed at 10 years old and left when he was aged 18. He died in May after suffering a brain haemorrhage following a fall at his home in Utah.
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