Zachery Ty Bryan was released from an Oregon jail on Thursday morning, six days after being booked on two felony charges in what marks the latest chapter in a series of legal troubles for the former child star.
Arrested by the Eugene Police Department on July 28, Bryan faces charges of fourth-degree assault and third-degree robbery, as well as misdemeanor harassment, according to official records. Bryan, who retained criminal defense attorney John Kolego of the Eugene law firm Kolego & Kraushaar, has a court date set for Sept. 5.
the hollywood reporter spoke to Kolego Thursday morning and confirmed that Bryan is out of custody. “The presumption of innocence is extremely important and people should refrain from judging until they see what the real facts are,” Kolego said.
As previously reported, on Friday at 6 p.m. local time, Eugene police officers responded to a physical dispute between a man, identified as Bryan, and an adult female at a north Eugene residence that had occurred several hours. earlier, a Eugene police spokesman said. Department confirmed to THR. Bryan was contacted while in the area and was booked into the Lane County Jail on a charge of fourth degree assault under the Abuse Prevention Act. The other party involved in the dispute was not named.
Bryan has been in a multi-year relationship with Johnnie Faye Cartwright with whom he shares three young children, including a set of twins born in May. Following Bryan’s arrest, Cartwright issued a press release saying that “I will always want what is best for the father of my children.” She added: “Trauma can bring struggles in many shapes and forms. It is a horrible situation that is going to turn in many ways. I have learned firsthand that the truth will never line up with what has been published. I ask everyone to be respectful of our privacy for the sake of the children and our families so that the healing process can begin.”
The couple previously had a domestic dispute in October 2020 that resulted in Bryan pleading guilty to two misdemeanors, menacing and assault in the fourth degree. He received three years of probation, was required to attend a violence intervention program called Bridges2Safety, and was ordered to have no contact with the victim, Cartwright.
As part of research published by THR In June, Bryan opened up about the arrest, saying the situation was “blown out of proportion” by the media. “We didn’t even really get to that physical. We got really loud. We were yelling and because we were in a townhome that had (thin walls) everyone could hear. Johnnie was, at the time, really upset about my situation,” he said, revealing that she struggled with his “double life” as he was still married at the time to Carly Matros, with whom he shares four children (including a couple of twins). “At the end of the day, (the police) throw a bunch of charges at you because ultimately they want you to plead guilty to something.”
Bryan’s history of legal troubles also includes four DUI arrests and a default judgment in a breach of contract lawsuit brought by a man who claimed Bryan failed to return a $60,000 investment he made through Bryan in a movie titled Warning. In its THR In an interview, Bryan confirmed that while the past few years have been a challenging period filled with ups and downs, it felt like he had turned around and managed to get a handle on a drinking problem and a tumultuous personal life.
“Every day is a new day and there are stresses and triggers, but I am learning coping skills. I wake up, take a nice walk, come back and have fun with the kids. I try to enjoy the small moments instead of trying to dream of the big moments. It’s an interesting ride as long as we can stay sober. Then things will be okay.”