What would Jack Bauer say about this? “24″ star Kiefer Sutherland’s battle with alcohol seems to be escalating again. Last year, Sutherland served time behind bars on a DUI charge, adding yet another chapter to his longtime struggle with sobriety. He kept a low profile for a while after his release, focusing mostly on shooting the new season of 24. But since his move to New York City in November of last year, the star has been spotted hitting the bottle pretty heavily in seedy bars all over NYC. Most recently, Sutherland was downing whiskey at a bar in Manhattan and getting into a shoving match.
After a night of heavy drinking and partying, Kiefer Sutherland got into a shoving match at a New York City nightspot – and then tripped twice on his way out of the bar, says an eyewitness.
The 42-year-old actor, who plays Jack Bauer on the hit FOX-TV show 24, appeared “wasted” when he arrived at the popular Manhattan bar Peter Dillon’s with friends on Feb. 12, the eyewitness told The ENQUIRER.
“He initially was soft-spoken, mellow and pleasant,” said the eyewitness. “He was ordering Maker’s Mark whiskey cocktails and was even posing for some pictures.”
But it wasn’t long before Kiefer, who has admitted to having a drinking problem, ran into trouble. According to the eyewitness, Kiefer exploded after another patron near the pool tables said something to the actor – and the two ended up in a pushing and shoving match.
“Pals had to hold Kiefer back from decking the guy,” continued the eyewitness. “After the incident, Kiefer appeared disheveled and drunk and had to be helped out.
“He tripped twice on his way out the door, but was apologizing for his actions.”
As much as I like Kiefer – I’m a huge fan of his show – he’s a bit too old to be dragging himself all over Manhattan acting like a frat boy. At a certain point, that behavior can’t be chalked up to “boys will be boys” anymore, and just appears rather pathetic. Sure, everyone’s entitled to blow off some steam and have a few drinks, but with Kiefer, it sure seems like he can’t stop at “a few” and always manages to get himself in trouble. I sure hope he wasn’t driving.
Keifer Sutherland is shown out in London on 1/24/09. Credit: SplashNews