Former "Home Improvement" star Zachery Ty Bryan finds himself behind bars again in Oregon, this time on charges of alleged domestic violence. The 41-year-old actor was arrested on Friday, facing felony assault charges that echo his previous arrest in 2020 for assaulting his then-girlfriend, Johnnie Faye Cartwright, while he was still married to ex-wife Carly Matros.
According to TMZ, law enforcement responded to a call reporting a physical dispute between a man and a woman at a residence in Eugene. At the time of their arrival, Bryan was not present, but he was later located, arrested, and booked into jail.
The identity of the other individual involved in the incident has not been disclosed.
Trouble Escalates: Bryan's 2020 Arrest and Media Controversy
Bryan's troubles began in October 2020 when he was first arrested on charges of fourth-degree assault and strangulation against Cartwright.
Eventually, he pleaded guilty to lesser charges of misdemeanor menacing and misdemeanor assault. In a recent profile by The Hollywood Reporter, Bryan claimed that the media had blown the incident out of proportion and that it wasn't as physical as the police report suggested.
He asserted, "We didn't even really get that physical. We got really loud. We were screaming and because we were in a townhome that had thin walls, everybody could hear... At the end of the day, the police throw a bunch of counts at you because they ultimately want you to plead to something." Bryan further mentioned that the police made jokes about his child star status, dubbing him "Country Club Zach." Despite facing more serious charges, he decided to avoid a lengthy legal battle and accepted two misdemeanor charges instead.
The actor's relationship with Cartwright has been turbulent, with allegations of abuse. She claimed that Bryan had been abusive in the month leading up to the incident, stating that he "pulled her hair," punched her in the face, and choked her for nearly 45 seconds.
Despite these issues, Bryan and Cartwright are still together and even got engaged in 2021. They share three children together, while Bryan has four from his previous marriage. Unfortunately, this isn't the first time Bryan has faced legal troubles.
In May of 2020, he was also arrested for driving under the influence (DUI). With previous DUI arrests in 2004, 2007, and 2017, he was sentenced to five years of probation and an 18-month multiple-offender alcohol program. Once a teenage heartthrob due to his role on "Home Improvement," Bryan went on to make appearances in popular TV shows like "Burn Notice," "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," and "Veronica Mars." In 2009, he even had a role as a villain in "The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift." However, he officially left the acting world in 2009 and has since candidly discussed his struggles with alcohol abuse and the challenges he faced in finding work after his childhood fame.