Kiefer Sutherland will serve 48 days in jail because of his DUI arrest a few weeks ago. He must immediately serve the first 18 days, which are for his probation violation, after he is sentenced. He has until July to serve the remaining 30 days. Kiefer pleaded “no contest” to the charges in part of a deal with prosecutors. E! Online reports:
In exchange for copping to a count of driving with a blood-alcohol level above 0.08 percent, prosecutors agreed to drop a second misdemeanor charge of driving under the influence, Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office spokesman Frank Mateljan told E! Online. Sutherland, 40, won’t be formally sentenced until Dec. 21.
Many wonder how this will affect his work on 24, but FOX is standing behind their lead man and issued the following statement:
Today our friend Kiefer Sutherland resolved his criminal case at the earliest opportunity. Kiefer made clear to us at the time of his arrest that his first concern was the welfare of those he worked with and that he intended to do whatever was necessary to prevent shutting down the show because of his situation. He told us that even if he had to sacrifice more time in custody in order to protect the show and the jobs of those who work with him, he would do so. From what occurred today, it is evident he is a man of his word. We wish him well and look forward to a long relationship with him.
It’s too bad Kiefer Sutherland isn’t the star of that other FOX show Prison Break. Ha! See what I did there? Because he’s going to prison. And then he could break out. And both shows are on FOX. Get it? Yeah? No? I hate you! *runs away sobbing and slams the door*