Devin Ratray of 'Home Alone' Critically Hospitalized; Trial Delayed

Actor Faces Multiple Legal Challenges Amid Health Crisis.

by Nouman Rasool
Devin Ratray of 'Home Alone' Critically Hospitalized; Trial Delayed
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Devin Ratray, famed for his portrayal of Buzz McCallister in the classic film "Home Alone," has recently faced a significant health crisis, leading to the postponement of his domestic violence trial. The 47-year-old actor, recognized for his role as the mischievous older brother in the 1990 blockbuster, was urgently hospitalized in New York City under critical conditions.

However, he has since been discharged and is recuperating at home, following his doctor's instructions. While details about Ratray's hospitalization remain limited, the seriousness of his condition prompted a delay in the jury selection for his trial in Oklahoma, originally set to commence this Monday.

The selection process is now rescheduled for February. Representatives for Ratray have yet to release a statement regarding his current health status.

Ratray's Legal Troubles

This development comes amidst a turbulent period for Ratray, who has been embroiled in legal challenges since late 2021.

In August 2022, Lisa Smith accused Ratray of assaulting her in his Manhattan apartment in 2017. Smith alleged that Ratray drugged and sexually assaulted her, claims that Ratray has vehemently denied, insisting to CNN that there was no sexual encounter between them.

Following these accusations, Smith promptly filed a police report. Adding to Ratray's legal woes, he was arrested in December 2021 on charges of domestic violence. This arrest stemmed from an incident at a Hyatt hotel near downtown Oklahoma City, where he allegedly attempted to strangle his then-girlfriend following a dispute.

The alleged victim reported that Ratray punched her and tried to suffocate her during their altercation. Despite these challenges, Ratray has continued to engage with his "Home Alone" legacy. In a 2021 interview with People, he shared exciting news about a potential reunion with the original cast of the film.

Having recently reprised his role in Disney+'s "Home Sweet Home Alone," Ratray expressed enthusiasm about reuniting with former cast members like Jed Cohen, Diana Rein, Terrie Snell, Angela Goethals, and Hillary Wolf. This reunion, spearheaded by the cast themselves, hints at possible future collaborations, adding a glimmer of hope to Ratray's tumultuous journey.