If you have tickets to this weekend’s Paradise City Comic Con and wanted to see Judge Reinhold, you are out of luck.
The actor known for such movies as “Beverly Hills Cop,” “Ruthless People,” and “Fast Times at Ridgemont High” was forced to nix his appearance due to some, um, travel issues.
Paradise City organizers told Miami Herald that the decision to pull Reinhold off the schedule came after his arrest Thursday afternoon at Dallas Love Field airport for misdemeanor disorderly conduct. Police said he became agitated at the TSA patdown and melted down.
Mike Broder, president of the PCCC’s parent company, Super Conventions, told Miami Herald that Reinhold was originally supposed to fly into Fort Lauderdale on Wednesday, but changed this trip to Thursday to an “allergic reaction to some medication.”
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“His wife, Amy [Miller], called and said that Judge couldn’t make the flight so we rescheduled for Thursday,” reported Broder, who quickly switched the star’s itinerary. “I had a car to pick him up at his house in Plano, Texas, and everything, but the driver was turned away. Amy said Judge needed to go to the hospital.”
However, Reinhold was well enough to do an interview for “The Paul and Young Ron Show” by phone earlier that morning.
In that morning interview, he sounded a bit groggy and slurred his words talking about how “Fast Times at Ridgemont High” was a bad influence on young people.
On Thursday afternoon, around the time Reinhold was supposed to fly out of Dallas, Broder’s phone started blowing up saying his guest had been arrested en route.
On TMZ you can see an embarrassing video of the actor with his hands cuffed behind his back seated on an airport chair with a security guard standing over him. Then the video switches to him being led out of a police car, still cuffed, being walking into the police station with two officers.
Reinhold stares at the camera, smiles, bows his head and says sarcastically, “Thanks for the exposure, guys. I appreciate it. Glad you’re here.”
The 59-year-old Delaware native was booked into Dallas County Jail, reports The Dallas Morning News, which adds he was released Friday.
Melinda Gutierrez, a city police spokeswoman, did not say whether charges against him were dropped.
In a statement through his attorneys, Reinhold was “embarrassed” and apologized: “I have to say that the past 48 hours have been the most unusual, hair-raising and regrettable two days of my life. At best, it’s a cautionary tale.”
The statement goes on to explain what went wrong — and the allergic reaction that Broder discussed was blamed:
“I was prescribed the antibiotic Cipro for a respiratory infection the night before a flight. Within 20 minutes of taking it, I looked like I'd been bitten by Spider-Man and blew up like the Macy’s [Thanksgiving] Day Parade.”
His wife then dialed 911, the statement continues, and paramedics administered epinephrine and “super Benadryl,” and he was briefly hospitalized and given Xanax and Prednisone “to ward off any recurrence of the reaction while in flight.”
As for next year’s Paradise City Comic Con, Reinhold likely will be invited back, said Broder.
“He doesn’t do a lot of these [appearances] so it was going to be interesting to see how it would go,” said the organizer.
Reinhold visits the area often as his mother lives in Boca Raton, according to Scene in the Tropics columnist Lesley Abravanel.