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OTRC: Michael Madsen cleared of child cruelty charges

Michael Madsen appears in a mugshot provided by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department following his arrest on March 9, 2012. / Madsen appears in a scene from 'Kill Bill Vol. 2' in 2004. (Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department / Miramax Films)

Michael Madsen, 54, will not face charges on child cruelty stemming from his arrest on March 9, after a fight with his teenage son.

Prosecutors in Malibu, California said there was insufficient evidence to file charges against the "Kill Bill" actor, according to the Associated Press. A prosecutor rejected filing a misdemeanor cruelty to a child charge on March 14.

Madsen was arrested at 2:15 p.m. in Malibu, California on March 9. Patrol deputies were called to a Malibu residence by a report of a family disturbance. Madsen apparently appeared under the influence of alcohol, according to the department, and allegedly got into a physical altercation with his teenage son.

Madsen was arrested and booked at the Lost Hills Sheriff's Station and was held on $100,000 bail, until his release on March10. The department said medical attention was not necessary for Madsen's son.

Madsen's attorney Perry Wander told TMZ that Madsen "found his son smoking pot and they got in an argument when he tried to take it away. It's a family matter and Michael asks that his family's privacy be respected."

Madsen is best known for his roles in Quentin Tarantino movies like "Reservoir Dogs" and "Kill Bill." He also appeared in "Donnie Brasco" and "Free Willy."

Madsen, who is the brother of actress Virginia Madsen, has been married three times and has five sons from two of his marriages. His first marriage, to Cher's half sister Georganne LaPiere produced two sons. He has been married to Deanna Morgan since 1996, they have three sons together.

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