Report: Son claims Pia Zadora attacked him
A just-released report is detailing what led up to the arrest of singer and former Broadway star Pia Zadora at her Summerlin home on Saturday, June 1.Photo: Video by ktnv.com
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- A just-released report is detailing what led up to the arrest of singer and former Broadway star Pia Zadora at her Summerlin home on Saturday, June 1.
According to the report, Zadora was at her home with her son, stepson and husband, 55-year-old Michael Jeffries.
Jeffries is a detective with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department.
The adults had been drinking and Zadora became tired at about 11 p.m. Friday and wanted to go to bed for the evening.
She asked her 16-year-old son Jordan and husband to come inside and her stepson -- 32-year-old Michael Jeffries Jr. -- to leave.
When the other individuals refused to break up the gathering, Zadora picked up a garden house and began squirting everyone.
At one point, according to the report, Zadora's husband attempted to calm the actress down and she scratched him in the process.
Zadora's son also told police that Pia went after her stepson and was punching and scratching him.
The fight continued later in the morning when Zadora's son attempted to call 911. Pia saw what he was doing and the two began wrestling over the phone.
Zadora's son told police that she grabbed his head from behind and scratched his ear. She may have also choked him for "just a second."
When police arrived a few minutes later, Zadora's son says that his stepfather, mother and stepbrother prevented him from going to the door.
He also told police that he was offered money to lie about what happened and described a fight between his stepfather and stepbrother as they were discussing how they should handle the police.
In addition, Zadora's son says that his stepfather Jeffries told them "if the police force their way in, we will get rich."
Las Vegas police arrived at the home shortly before 4 a.m. early Saturday morning.
Upon arrival, they could hear voices inside the house on Hawk Ridge Drive but no one would answer the door, even after repeated attempts to contact the occupants.
The police officers were able to locate an unlocked sliding door in the back of the house and made entry.
After entering the house, police officers told the occupants of the house to come out with their hands up.
An unidentified male asked why police officers were in the house and then stated "Come back here and get me!"
Police then demanded again that the occupants come out. After receiving a similar response containing profanity, the police officers decided it would be best to exit the house.
A perimeter was established around the home and LVMPD's SWAT team was called in.
Zadora claims that she was asleep during most of the standoff.
All of the residents eventually exited the house without further incidents or injuries to any of the parties.
Upon interviewing Zadora and the other family members, she was placed into custody for battery domestic violence and coercion for attempting to take away the cellphone from her son.
Zadora was transported to the Clark County Detention Center where she was booked accordingly.
She posted bail of $4,000 and was released.
No other charges have been filed in relation to the incident.
However, this is not the first time that Michael Jeffries Jr. has been involved in an incident.
He was charged with murder after shooting his best friend shortly after midnight on Oct. 23, 2011.
According to previous reports, police officers responded to a shooting at about 1 a.m. at a home in the southwest part of the valley.
Upon arrival, they discovered 34-year-old Eric Gore with multiple gunshot wounds. He was later pronounced dead at University Medical Center Trauma.
Jeffries was standing over the body of Gore and talking on a cellphone when LVMPD arrived.
Zadora's first movie role was in 1964's "Santa Claus Conquers the Martians." She is probably best known for her starring role in the 1981 movie "Butterfly." She won a Golden Globe Award for that performance.
She also starred in "Nevada Heat." In that movie, she played a gangster's girlfriend that hung out in a Las Vegas hotel with her cop protectors while waiting to testify.
Zadora also had a fairly successful singing career and performed at The Smith Center for Performing Arts last summer.
Performer Steve Rossi, a longtime friend of Zadora's, spoke out about the incident on Monday. Their relationship goes back more than 40 years.
"I was shocked because I don't think she's ever had a situation like this before," said Rossi. "It's not in her psyche, I don't think. I find her extremely nice and sweet."
Rossi said Zadora has been under a lot of stress lately, but he never thought she'd reach the breaking point that she's accused of.