Comedian Robert Schimmel was arrested early Saturday morning after police were called to his Calabasas, Calif., residence and found marks on Schimmel’s wife. Schimmel was being held in a Los Angeles County jail on $50,000 bail.
Schimmel’s wife, Melissa, is half his age (Schimmel is 59), and she is his second wife. According to the New York Daily News, Schimmel divorced his first wife Vicki three times, then he married his daughter’s friend Melissa when his cancer, non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, went into remission.
Is Robert Schimmel following Chris Brown’s example?
Sadly, this is not the first case of celebrity domestic violence. According to Fox News, in February, Chris Brown surrendered to police and was charged with felony in connection with a domestic violence incidence against his girlfriend, Rihanna, just hours before they were both scheduled to perform at the Grammys. Brown, like Schimmel, was held on $50,000 bail.
Associated Content’s Nina Rotz reported Chris Brown pleaded not guilty to charges of felony assault and making criminal threats in his first appearance in court on March 5.
Actress Keira Knightley helps put domestic violence in the spotlight
Last week, Keira Knightley’s domestic violence public service announcement was censored for violence. The video depicts Knightley being thrown to the floor, her hair pulled, and then savagely kicked repeatedly in the stomach as she cowers from her attacker. The video can be seen on YouTube here.
This commercial was released by the UK charity Women’s Aid, and British television censors the PSA, called ‘Cut’, was not suitable for television due to its violence.
After watching the video and reading the comments on YouTube, it’s apparent that domestic violence victims agree with the ‘shock value’ of Knightley’s commercial. As one person said in a comment on YouTube, “It was very shocking and smartly done, and I can see why parents wouldn’t want their children seeing it, but banning it!? … I say the world needs less bubble wrapped campaigns and more campaigns that show what goes on behind close doors!”
Perhaps if Robert Schimmel had viewed Knightley’s commercial, the argument between he and his young wife wouldn’t have turned to violence.
“Comedian Robert Schimmel, regular on Howard Stern show, arrested for allegedly beating up his wife”, NY Daily News
“Comedian Robert Schimmel Arrested on Domestic Violence Charge”, NBC Bay Area News
“Chris Brown Surrenders to Police, Posts $50G Bail”, Fox News
“Chris Brown’s Day in Court; Brown Charged with Two Felonies for Alleged Assault on Rihanna”, Nina Rotz, Associated Content
“Knightley’s Domestic Violence PSA Censored – For Violence” NPR.org