Diff'rent Gary Coleman Stories: Good Samaritan vs. Nudity

Who's to thank for Gary Coleman getting out of jail?

By Olsen Ebright
|  Wednesday, Jan 27, 2010  |  Updated 12:42 AM CDT
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Actor Gary Coleman was arrested in Utah on an outstanding warrant for failing to appear in court over a domestic violence charge, police said. The 41-year-old former "Diff'rent Strokes" actor was released from a Utah County Jail Monday after posting $1,725 bail.

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Despite reports of a "Good Samaritan" bailing Gary Coleman out of jail, two producers are claiming they're responsible for Coleman's freedom as part of a trade-off involving video of the actor's genitals.

According to the Salt Lake Tribune, Coleman fan Jarrod Clarke says he put up the $1,725 for the actor's release.

"I'm just a Good Samaritan, I guess," he told the newspaper. "He just had a sad [mug shot] picture."

"To see that he was sitting in there -- and he'd been there for 27 hours -- and bail was only $1,700, I thought somebody probably ought to do something," Clarke told KSL-TV.

Yet two filmmakers are telling a "diff'rent" story. In a statement, the producers say the "Diff'rent Strokes" actor OK'd nude footage to appear in a forthcoming straight-to-DVD mockumentary in exchange for bail.

"The footage in question occurred during an improvised moment in a shower scene when Mr. Coleman attempted to break up a fight between two little people," the producers said in a statement.

"During the scuffle, Mr. Coleman's robe split open to reveal more than he had planned. The producers stand behind their position that Mr. Coleman signed multiple documents allowing any and all footage, including both scripted and unscripted moments, to appear in the film. The producers simply agreed to bail out Mr. Coleman as an 'olive branch' and to avoid any potential litigation," the producers said in the statement.

Coleman was arrested over the weekend on a warrant for failing to appear in court. The 41-year-old actor was released from a Utah jail Monday after posting bail, the Associated Press reported.

His agent told the AP that he had no details about the arrest.

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