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Anthony Michael Hall Could Get 7 Years in Prison for Battery Charges

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In yet another chapter of “Child Stars Gone Bad,” former goofy teen star Anthony Michael Hall is in some trouble that could land him in prison for quite some time. This is the latest in a series of anger management issues for Hall, and it looks like the D.A. has had enough:

Anthony Michael Hall—one time teen geek star, now an angry adult meathead—has had a fair amount of run-ins with the law in recent years. And the latest may put him behind bars.

In September, Hall allegedly ended up breaking the wrist and hurting the back of one of his neighbors outside of their Playa del Rey condo. A surveillance video caught the attack, and shows Hall walking away from the man before turning back around and pushing him violently to the ground. After the attack, the victim said that “Hall shouted to close the gate, came over and slammed it shut, and then melted down.”

According to TMZ, “the L.A. County D.A. just charged Hall with felony battery with serious bodily injury,” and he faces up to 7 years in prison. The New York Post reports that “due to special circumstances alleged in the case, Hall’s potential maximum sentence was upped from four years to seven.” We reached out to the D.A.’s office, but they were unable to specify what those special circumstances might be.

It takes a special lack of emotional balance to start breaking neighbors’ bones during a disagreement. The worst I’ve ever done over the years is give troublesome neighbors a “look” and I’m a pretty cranky guy. Hall seems to work hard at being an awful neighbor:

Hall allegedly “tore up plants in a common area” of the condominium where he resides. A neighbor approached Hall after hearing the commotion, inquiring about his peculiar actions. Hall’s response allegedly included an obscenity, and he threatened to “beat him to a pulp,” the neighbor told LAPD Pacific Division.

Shortly after the verbal threat, Hall knocked on the man’s front door and invited him to step outside to fight. The man declined the offer, closed the door and called the police.

Whether or not Hall does any prison time, let’s hope he gets some kind of help to settle him down.