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Article updated: 4/13/2013 4:52 PM

Reports: 'Pippi' star, Wheaton native charged with assault


Celebrity news websites are reporting Wheaton native Tami Erin, who starred in the title role of the 1988 movie "The New Adventures of Pippi Longstocking," was arrested in northern California and charged with assaulting her roommate.

Walnut Creek police arrested Erin on Thursday after a neighbor heard her and her male roommate arguing, TMZ reports. The 38-year-old Erin was released Friday morning, reports said.

Erin, who lived in Wheaton until she was 9, recently discussed her childhood role as Pippi with Daily Herald film critic Dann Gire for the paper's "From Suburbs to Showbiz" column. She beat out more than 8,000 other girls for the lead, but has had few roles since.

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