Comedian Mark Lamarr charged with assault and holding ‘former girlfriend’ prisoner in his West London home after neighbours reported screams to the police
- Former Never Mind the Buzzcocks host spent a night in the cells after his arrest
- The 51-year-old has been bailed and will appear before magistrates next month
- Neighbour said police ‘carted him off in a van’ after screams heard from house
Comedian Mark Lamarr has been charged with assaulting and holding prisoner a woman believed to be an ex.
The former Never Mind the Buzzcocks host spent a night in custody after police were alerted to reports of screams in Chiswick, West London.
It is understood that the 51-year-old has been barred from contacting the woman, described as a ‘former girlfriend’.
The former Never Mind the Buzzcocks host (pictured, centre, on the comedy quiz) spent a night in custody
Lamarr faces magistrates next month after a neighbour suggested the alleged victim was a former girlfriend
One of his neighbours told The Sun: ‘There were screams coming from the house. The next thing police turned up and carted him off in a van.
‘Apparently she was a former girlfriend and he would not let her out of the house.’
The Metropolitan Police confirmed that Lamarr was charged on September 1 with common assault and false imprisonment.
Lamarr (pictured, left, alongside his Shooting Stars co-captain Ulrika Jonsson, far right, as well as Vic Reeves, Matt Lucas and Bob Mortimer) spent a night in the cells
‘He was released on conditional bail and will appear at Uxbridge Magistrates’ Court on October 2,’ a spokesperson said.
Lamarr, born Mark Jones, found fame hosting The Word in the early 1990s. He captained a quiz team on Shooting Stars in the mid-90s before hosting Buzzcocks for nine years.
His neighbour added that Lamarr keeps a low profile and avoids the limelight. He told the paper that the comedian is ‘always pleasant enough.’