Sean Avery: Hockey Star Arrested on Battery Charge

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Rangers hockey star Sean Avery was arrested early this morning on a battery charge after a noise complaint call to a home in the Hollywood Hills went awry, police said.

The famous forward allegedly pushed an officer who responded to the noise complaint at a home on the 8000 block of Highland Trail at about 12:30 a.m., police added.

Avery was booked in the Hollywood station jail and released on $20,000 bail, according to Los Angeles Police Department spokeswoman Sara Faden.

Police wouldn't confirm some additional details surrounding the arrest. However, TMZ, which first broke the story, reported that Avery was throwing a loud party at his home and hurled insults at officers when they came to the door, shoving a responding officer and slamming the door closed. Police knocked again and Avery cooperated, according to TMZ.

Police would only say the officer was not injured during the confrontation that led to the arrest.

Rangers spokesman John Rosasco, in a prepared statement, said, "We will discuss the matter with Sean and have no further comment at this time."

Avery's publicist declined to comment.

Avery is widely known for his "sloppy seconds" outburst in 2008, when he chastised fellow NHL players for falling in love with his former girlfriends.

Avery was suspended from the league for a time and went to anger management treatment.

He has infuriated many with his aggressive acts on the ice, even prompting the NHL to tighten rules to prevent acts such as a playoff game incident in which he repeatedly waved his stick in front of New Jersey Devils' goalie Martin Brodeur's face.

Most recently, Avery grabbed national headlines in May for a video he posted online supporting gay marriage in New York.

Avery spent several hours in jail and was released at 8:10 a.m., dressed casually in a form-fitting black t-shirt. He walked briskly from the jail, got in the backseat of a black car with tinted windows, and drove away.

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