Which limb will Aaron Ralston self-amputate to survive this one? The man behind the 2010 James Franco hit 127 Hours has been booked on domestic violence charges following an altercation with his girlfriend over the weekend.
Police allege that Ralston and his girlfriend, Vita Shannon, got into an altercation that escalated into physical violence that required lawful intervention. Official documents indicate that Ralston and Shannon were arguing over one of Ralston’s children at the time, prompting Shannon to strike the Colorado-based adventurer in the head twice. Ralston, for his part, reportedly shoved Shannon in response.
The pair have since been charged with “wrongs to minors,” a secondary domestic violence charge tacked on when an incident occurs in front of minors, but does not necessarily result in their physical harm.
In addition to domestic violence charges, Ralston and Shannon also face fines totaling upwards of $1,000 and a prison sentence of up to one year if convicted. They will appear in court today.
Ralston rose to fame after the publication of his book, Between a Rock and a Hard Place, lead to the Hollywood adaptation of his story in 127 Hours—the pièce de résistance in that film, of course, being Ralston’s amputation of his own arm. But while a self-imposed arm removal got him out of that particularly hairy situation, the same likely won’t do much for his legal troubles now.
But, hey, at least we may get a sequel.
Update: TMZ is reporting that prosecutors have dropped the case against Ralston claiming a lack of sufficient evidence. He has been released, though Vita Shannon remains in custody with a $550 bond.