Glee star Naya Rivera charged with misdemeanour domestic battery against her husband

Ryan Dorsey told police the actress struck him while they were out with their son

Jack Shepherd
Sunday 26 November 2017 13:22
Naya Rivera and husband Ryan Dorsey
Naya Rivera and husband Ryan Dorsey

Former Glee star Naya Rivera has been arrested for allegedly assaulting her husband.

Ryan Dorsey told police the actress — best known for playing Santana on the musical TV show — struck him while they were out with their son on Saturday.

The 30-year-old was charged with “misdemeanour domestic battery” early Sunday morning in Kanawha County Magistrates Court, West Virginia.

Video of the actress walking into court wearing a grey hooded sweatshirt and handcuffs while talking to a judge has since emerged online.

In the footage – taken by a local reporter for TV station WSAZ – Rivera is asked whether she knows the charges, to which she answered: “Yes your honour”. She was later released on a personal recognisance bond.

According to the criminal complaint, Dorsey claims Rivera hit him on the head and bottom lip while they were walking their son down a street. The husband says there is video footage of the incident.

Rivera and Dorsey married in 2014 and have a two-year-old son. They reportedly filed for divorce earlier this year but decided to stay together.