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DeCoutere quits Trailer Park Boys after Mike 'Bubbles' Smith charged with domestic battery

By Kevin Connor, Toronto Sun

Bubbles is played by Mike Smith. (Ian KucerakPostmedia)

Bubbles is played by Mike Smith. (Ian KucerakPostmedia)

Bubbles got busted, so Lucy is leaving the park.

A day after her Trailer Park Boys co-star was arrested for an alleged domestic assault in Hollywood, Lucy DeCoutere, a complainant in Jian Ghomeshi’s sex assault trial, tweeted she has quit the Netflix series.

“If I find out that somebody is abusive, I cut them out of my life. It’s very easy,” she wrote, adding two hours later: “I have resigned from Trailer Park Boys.”

Michael Smith, 43, who plays Bubbles on the show, was charged with misdemeanour domestic battery against a woman early Friday morning at an L.A. hotel.

He was released on US$20,000 bail.

“It’s an open case so information is limited until it goes to court,” said Los Angeles Police Department officer Jenny Houser.

In a statement, the Trailer Park Boys said it was a big misunderstanding.

They say the woman involved, Georgia Ling, is Smith’s friend.

“Mike and I did indeed have a heavy argument but it saddens me the way things are being reported and the way it was handled by the police,” Ling said in the statement. “At no point did I feel I was in danger, otherwise I would’ve called the police myself, which I did not.

“The police were called by others not present in the room who mistakenly perceived the argument to be something other than what it was. When the officers arrived I tried to assure them there was no real issue, but they proceeded to arrest Mike.”

TMZ.com reported the confrontation took place at a bathroom by the hotel’s pool.

According to TMZ, guests at the hotel reported Smith allegedly had a woman pinned against a wall and was choking her.

In the same Trailer Park Boys statement, Smith says “Georgia is a friend” and describes what happened as a “loud and heated dispute.”

“That is all. At no time did I assault her. I am not guilty of the misdemeanour charged against me.”

DeCoutere tweeted about her resignation and said it was linked with the allegation against Smith, adding she had spoken with both her co-star and Ling.

The actress asked that her name not be covered by a publication ban when she testified against Ghomeshi, a former CBC radio star who was acquitted on all charges of sexual assault and choking last month. Judge William Horkins said he couldn’t rely on the testimony from the three Ghomeshi complainants, including DeCoutere.

The Ghomeshi case has generated an intense national debate on how Canada’s justice system deals with abuse complainants.

Smith publicly supported DeCoutere, including with a tweet back on Oct. 29, 2014: “I am incredibly proud of my friend @lucydecoutere for having the courage to come forward against #JianGhomeshi. Way to go Luce! #IBelieveLucy.”

— With files from The Canadian Press