The Pasadena City Attorney's office has charged Marston Hefner was with one count of inflicting corporal injury on a spouse or cohabitant and vandalism. Hefner, 21, the oldest son of Playboy founder Hugh Hefner, was arrested on February 12, for allegedly attacking his girlfriend, Claire Sinclair, the 2011 Playmate of the Year. She reportedly told police that Hefner punched and kicked her, leaving her with bruises and red marks. Hefner denied the charges and was released in lieu of a $20,000 bond.
Earlier last month Sinclair said she would drop charges against Hefner if he apologized. However, in California prosecutors have the authority to pursue the charges with or without the victim's cooperation. "She cannot just drop the charges. The state does the prosecution," according to Lt. Phlunte Riddle of the Pasadena Police Department. "Obviously the court wants the cooperation of the victim, but because of issues of intimidation and women feeling powerless, the state of California can pursue the case [with or without her]," Riddle said. Also according to Lt. Riddle, Sinclair had obtained an emergency restraining order against Hefner. Sinclair, 20, had been dating Marston Hefner on and off since August 2010. She became the 52nd Playmate of the Year at just 19.
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