Supernatural star Jared Padalecki was arrested over the weekend for an alleged assault and drunk in public. Padalecki is getting ready to finish up his work on the longest running CW series in history and is gearing up to star in the upcoming Walker Texas Ranger reboot series, which will also be done under The CW umbrella. It's unclear if these new legal actions will have any effect on the upcoming reboot deal.
Jared Padalecki was arrested outside an Austin, Texas bar called Stereotype early on Sunday morning. He has been charged with two counts of assault and one count of drunk in public. After allegedly assaulting two staff members within the bar, the Supernatural star was escorted outside by a friend. Video footage taken by bar patrons sees Padalecki then put an unknown man in a headlock before law enforcement shows up on the scene. He was later restrained by police and is clearly intoxicated as seen in the video. At one point in the footage, it looks like Padalecki is pulling out a wad of cash in an effort to possibly bribe the police.
Pulling out a wad of cash did not help Jared Padalecki, though it didn't make things any worse. He was booked and set with a $15,000 bail, made up $5,000 per charge. It is unclear if he has been released as of this writing because sometimes alcohol-related arrests on weekends end up with a Monday release. Assault charges in Texas can see jail time for up to one year, depending on the injury, in addition to the fines. Assault is considered to be a Class C misdemeanor in Texas.
There have been rumors that Jared Padalecki and his Supernatural co-star Jenson Ackles are part owners in Stereotype, though that has not been confirmed. The two actors do co-own a business in the Austin area. The bar opened last year and Padalecki was on hand for the grand opening and is considered a regular as he shows up there quite often, according to local patrons. Pictures of the actor with Supernatural fans from the bar show up pretty frequently on social media.
Jared Padalecki and Jenson Ackles are preparing to say goodbye to Supernatural for the time being. They have said they'd be open to returning at some point down the line, but for now, after 15 seasons, it's time for a breather to work on other projects. Padalecki has been open and honest about his anxiety and depression issues with fans. In 2015, he started a t-shirt campaign to let his fans know that they are not alone after revealing his own mental health issues. He started with a goal to sell 1,000 shirts, which quickly blew up into 12,000. All of the proceeds went to his Always Keep Fighting Campaign which then donated them to the nonprofit organization To Write Love on Her Arms, which supports people struggling with depression, addiction, self-injury and suicide. TMZ was the first to report on Padalecki's arrest.