Post-arrest Bridges quits youth center

Citing bad publicity from his recent arrest on drug charges, actor Todd Bridges resigned as head of the youth center he founded.

Bridges denied using narcotics or alcohol for the last nine months, but told a gathering of about 20 people at the center Thursday that he was leaving because he didn’t want the center to suffer.

“When things happen, people tend to shy away,” said Bridges, 27. “Everyone knows the battle I’ve been fighting all of my life and more and more people are fighting. When things are revealed, I think things will come to the light once again.”

The former child star of TV’s “Diff’rent Strokes” founded the Todd Bridges Youth Foundation two years ago in Compton.

Bridges was arrested Tuesday while driving in Burbank.

Police found 1 1/2 grams of methamphetamine and a loaded 9mm handgun in his car, said Sgt. Don Goldberg.

Bridges was released from City Jail Wednesday on $ 10,000 bail.

Bridges told reporters after being released that the car was not his and he did not know what was in it. Bridges also denied being under the influence.

Bridges organized the foundation after he was acquitted in the 1990 shooting of a drug dealer in a South Central Los Angeles rock-cocaine house.

Want to read more articles like this one? SUBSCRIBE TO VARIETY TODAY.
Post A Comment 0

Leave a Reply

No Comments

Comments are moderated. They may be edited for clarity and reprinting in whole or in part in Variety publications.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

More News from Variety