Glee Star Naya Rivera Arrested For Assaulting Husband

The fun and sing-songy world of Glee may be sunshine and rainbows on the TV screen, but the reality behind some of the stars involved is very, very different.

Mugshot of Naya Rivera

Naya Rivera’s recent mugshot. Source: Newsbeat

In this case, Glee star Naya Rivera, who played Santana in the popular musical show, has recently been arrested for domestic violence against her own husband. The reason for the attack was due to an argument between the pair over their two-year-old son.

Naya, 31, was detained at a house in Kanawha County, West Virginia. Naya’s husband, Ryan Dorsey told officers his wife had hit him in the head and face.

Ryan, 34, was able to show them mobile phone footage to support his claims. Thankfully, his injuries were only minor and he did not require medical attention, however, she is being charged with domestic battery. To those who say that women cannot be capable of domestic abuse, what do you have to say now, huh? You can chalk this case up next to Hope Solo’s domestic battery charge as evidence.

Naya was arrested and charged with “misdemeanour domestic battery”, then later appeared at Kanawha County magistrates court. When leaving the court, a reporter asked her if she had anything to say, but she didn’t respond.

Police stated: “As is always the case in criminal matters, the charge against Mrs. Rivera is merely an accusation. She is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.”

Naya Rivera and husband Ryan Dorsey

During better times, Naya Rivera and Ryan Dorsey on a social PR run. Source: Newsbeat

Naya played Santana, a cold-hearted cheerleader in Glee from 2009 to 2015, and it seemed things between her and Ryan were already a little rocky. Was this the next step in already unfortunate events?

In August, Naya revealed she’d had an abortion when she was pregnant with Ryan’s child back in 2010. Naya and Ryan didn’t marry until 2014, and reportedly filed for divorce last year, but decided to stay together instead. Whether or not they’ll separate at this point, we don’t know. What we do know is that this is a fine example of how men can also be victims of domestic abuse, and the issue is just as serious as female victims facing the same thing.

This isn’t the first time stars from Glee have been in trouble with the law. Last month, actor Mark Salling (who played Noah Puckerman) pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography and he faces up to seven years in prison.

Sadly, it just goes to show that unlike the world of Glee, life is a little more complicated than fun pop songs and dance rehearsals.


<Story by Emily Clark>

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