Josh Brolin was arrested for public intoxication on New Year’s Eve: WTF?

Josh Brolin is no stranger to being a raging drunk. Brolin is also no stranger to having cuffs slapped on to his wrists. In fact, those two things often go together. In 2008, Josh (and several others) were arrested in Shreveport, LA while Josh was in town working on Oliver Stone’s W. Josh and Jeffrey Wright were arrested after a long night of drinking and brawling at a bar, although the charges were later dropped. Before that, Josh was arrested for “spousal battery” of his wife Diane Lane, although both Josh and Diane later said it was a huge misunderstanding, and there were some allusions to the idea that it was just another case of a drunken brawl. Allegedly, Diane asked Josh to stop boozin’ and brawlin’ so much, but it looks like he’s still a hellraiser (or a d-bag, depending on your perspective).

Josh Brolin rang in 2013 pretty hard … getting popped for public intoxication on New Year’s Day … TMZ has learned.

Law enforcement sources tell TMZ … Brolin was arrested just before midnight on January 1 in Santa Monica. Brolin was booked into jail at 3:02 AM and then released at 7:14 AM.

Brolin was not given a citation for the arrest — meaning he will not have to go to court over the incident and it is completely over.

Sources close to Brolin tell TMZ he was hanging out with a bunch of his guy friends that night and ended up having “too much fun.”

[From TMZ]

Have I ever told you guys how much I hate the whole “public intoxication” charge? Yes, I’ve seen people get sloppy drunk in public, but I feel like… why arrest them? Unless they’re getting into a car (arrest them) or getting into a fight (arrest them), you should just let a sloppy drunk be sloppy in public, especially if they’re with someone sober who is looking after them. And for the love of God, it was New Year’s Eve!! Most people are sloppy drunk on NYE! Not to defend Josh too much – I mean, I think it’s disturbing that this is his third arrest, and I do think the guy probably has major alcohol issues – but a public intoxication charge on NYE is barely anything notable.

UPDATE: Here’s Brolin’s latest mugshot. He seriously doesn’t look drunk here at all, he just looks mean.

Photos courtesy of Fame/Flynet and WENN.

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  1. Samigirl says:

    I met Josh when he was in town filming W, (we were both eating at the same restaurant, and I went out to talk to him when he was leaving), and he was VERY charming, and a very nice guy. Several people wanted pictures and autographs, and he went along with it. So, I won’t begrudge him a few drinks on NYE. He’s definitely not the only one guilty of it.

  2. carrie says:

    i guess it was a slow night at Santa Monica

  3. mln76 says:

    He obviously is a wife beating creep.

  4. MrsBPitt says:

    I agree that on NYE why would they arrest someone for being drunk in public? Seems like there should be more to the story…like he was starting to cause some drama…and why wasn’t he with his wife a couple of minutes befor midnight? mmmmmm….she either puts up with a lot of crap or that marriage is over!

  5. truthful says:

    He’s an idiot, Diane probably gets roughed up on the regular.

    all he knows is drinking, clowning and being a mean drunk.

    I wouldn’t wish him on my enemy

  6. T.C. says:

    Damn he’s looking good in that shirtless picture. The public intoxication charge is usually there to stop the mean drunks who get out of control. I bet he did more than just get drunk.

  7. Amy625 says:

    There’s really no details so it’s hard to know why he was arrested. Usually a charge like this happens when the drunk is bothering other people or the person is alone and doesn’t have somebody to take him home. It’s the cops way of getting somebody off the streets so the drunk doesn’t hurt himself or somebody else. I don’t know why Diane is still with Josh. He’s had too many of these type of arrests to brush it off.

    • lisa2 says:

      Well he was in jail for about 4 hours and released. He doesn’t have a court hearing to attend.

    • Kimbob says:

      As for Diane L., she grew up in H-wood, I believe…@ least “grew up” while being in the acting/celebrity business. I honestly think she doesn’t know any better than to be w/a misogynist. That’s probably all she’s been exposed to…egotastic, holier than thou celebrity dudes that think they’re above the fray.

      As far as public drunks….they usually don’t get arrested until it is patently obvious they are a clear & present danger to others they are around. This could include a drunk stumbling down a sidewalk in a busy car traffic area…& it looks quite obvious they could stumble out into traffic.

      Public drunks are JUST THAT….a public nuisance. I oughta know. I’ve been arrested for such in my younger, wilder days…before I got into recovery. And you know what? It was the right thing to do for me to be arrested. I was a dangerous person @ the time.

      I submit that the marriage between Josh & Diane isn’t a good one. He’s obviously got a problem w/drinking….this has happened way too many times.

      I’m certain Josh was doing something worse than just slurring his words when he got arrested. This isn’t a fluke.

      Edit: And YES, he looks like a meanie in that mugshot.

    • j.eyre says:

      Yes, they generally are just looking for the offender to “sleep it off.” It’s preventative and protects the city. They would be liable if he had been reported or observed by officials and not detained and then did cause harm (vehicular or battery) while intoxicated. If the city paid to get him home safely, they would need to provide this service to all non-offending drunks and the taxpayers would be upset. The sheriff will do this sometimes if they are on county land.

      Remember, even Andy Griffith had the town drink they just locked up until morning.

  8. lisa2 says:

    A public drunk is disgusting. doesn’t matter who you are. And if he was some well known A lister doing this I’m sure people would not be understanding or defending him. He has a movie out and one would think he would control himself. We get all bitchy over a dunk Lilo or Paris or any number of women. Calling them all kinds of names. He also has a history so to me no difference.

    I just saw that Thomas Gibson (Criminal Minds) was arrested for a DUI.

    I’m sick of drunks. Either control yourself or keep you ass at home and drink all you want.

  9. Nya says:

    He is way too old to be partying like that.

    People don’t just randomly get arrested for public intoxication. You have to be really out of it and messy for the cops to care.

  10. lena80 says:

    Diane…Girl you can do so much better.

  11. Jaded says:

    The legal definition of public intoxication is when someone is “intoxicatd to the degree that they are a danger to themself or another person or property, or by boisterous and offensive conduct that annoys another person in their vicinity.” So I don’t think he’s the type to go about his drunken business in a quiet and respectful manner. He’s probably a loud, aggressive, foul-mouthed jerk, and he’s far too old to be behaving like a frat boy out on his first bender. Grow up a$$hole.

    • gabriella says:

      That’s bs, because I was charged with a PI (only a ticket, but you do get detained) while I was parked in a parking lot, sleeping in the back seat at 3 am. I probably would have woken up with the light of day (I often do) and gone home without incident, I just chose not to drive and had not enough cash to get a cab. I wasn’t a nuisance or creating a disturbance.

      • stinky says:

        EXACTLY. Testify Gabriella. Cops are pricks more often than not. Sorry. but its TRUE. Keep tellin yourself something different y’all – Youre day will come.

      • Jaded says:

        Um, the reason for his arrest was not because he fell asleep in his car. Just because you have a personal vendetta against your local police doesn’t mean his arrest was bullsh*t and the police didn’t have the legal right to take him in. He’s proven again and again that he’s a mean, violent drunk. I’ve been around enough of these guys who all say they’re just having “a bit of fun” but it’s not pleasant and can get out of control very quickly.

  12. Esmom says:

    I don’t know why it bugs me that he brushed it off as “too much fun.”

    Yes, many people get sloppy drunk on NYE but the vast majority don’t get arrested. If his shenanigans ended in handcuffs, at some point I gotta believe the fun ended. For someone, anyway.

  13. phlyfiremama says:

    I guess it would depend on if its your bar getting trashed, or your customers or waitresses getting harrassed because someones having “too much fun”, or if its just a bunch of unruly guys ABOUT to get out of control and do either of these things. By the time someone has to call the cops, especially with alcohol, there is a certain point of no return~ compounded by the belligerence of chronic alcoholism.

  14. Cody says:

    Poor Diane Lane and I bet he can be a mean drunk.

  15. RN says:

    I think that if you’re 44 years old and you’re still getting arrested for public intoxication, then you may want to rethink some of your life choices.

  16. Riana says:

    As someone who works around a bar I’m all too comfortable with people being arrested for public intoxication.

    I believe if you’re arrested for it then you were too gone.

    I’ve seen people with no intention of driving stumbling into other people who weren’t intoxicated, falling down again and again, becoming disoriented and crying or screaming for no reason, tripping and falling into store windows…the list just freaking goes on and on.

    Yeah NYE is a night for celebration, but I doubt he was arrested because he had one drink. Considering Brolin he was probably rolling around bothering people.

  17. Mouse says:

    He does look like the alcohol brings out his inner mean bastard. Sigh, I had a crush on him as a kid after The Goonies.

  18. Jayna says:

    He’s an alcoholic, but I believe his story regarding Diane Lane. His interview in Playboy discussed it. I could never be married to an alcoholic, functioning alcoholic or not.

  19. The Original Mia says:

    Sounds as if they put him in the drunk tank & let him sober up. Not sure why they are calling it an arrest, though.

  20. Debbie says:

    I don’t know how bad Josh would have to be to get arrested on New Years’ Eve, but … I do know the police are in serious money-raising mode that night. Any excuse will do.

  21. skuddles says:

    It’s one thing to be a “raging drunk” and another to be an abuser. Josh is both. Or at least has been at times. I recall hearing that Diane had to call the police on him because he assaulted her. And I think it happened more than once. So I don’t care if the guy is “sweet” or not… I still think he’s a piece of caca.

  22. KellyinSeattle says:

    He looks like the twin of the sneaky guy who ripped me off for $500 this week.

  23. truetalk says:

    He’s too old for this nonsense and since he also uses the excuse of being drunk to assault his wife,he needs to enter a rehab and anger management facility ASAP.

  24. oliveo says:

    All I’m thinking is that Diane Lane looks absolutely FAB in that last picture!

  25. Kate says:

    I’m reading the TMZ quote to say that he got drunk ‘just before midnight on January 1.’ So, he may or may not have been drunk on New Year’s *Eve,* but he was definitely drunk late in the evening on the day *after* New Year’s Eve.

  26. Elina says:

    If he is a wife beater and a drunk, why doesn’t she just leave him?????

  27. A says:

    Sorry, but Diane called the cops herself. This wasn’t some case where the neighbors overheard an argument or anything. I still find him very suspicious because of that. He may be a talented and good looking guy, but there is a damn good chance he’s also a mean nasty drunk and abusive.

  28. Victoria says:

    Ahem. Who doesn’t spend NYE with their significant other..ESPECIALLY when it’s freakin’ Diane Lane!!??? IDK the guy but why wasn’t he kissing her at midnight? I know this has nothing to do with drinking, drunk-ing or etc but I’m just askin’..

  29. bELLA says:

    Why the heck is she still with him?Do they have kids?runnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn

  30. bELLA says:

    what an examble to set for her daughter.

  31. jk says:

    They might have an agreement that they do not party together if he is drinking. Thye had the one blow out and he got arrested but they were BOTH drinking when that happened. I had an ex taht was a mean drunk and I wouldnt drink with him either and then thought , if I cant even aprty with theman without being afraid of getting hit?? off he goes into the night lol
    If he got loud in a bar that means they called the cops to get rid of him and then he ran his mouth to them and he got busted LOL Happens to a lot of people and it doesnt make them all bad.