Survivor Thailand winner Brian jailed for “shooting a puppy with a bow and arrow and simple battery against his wife”

Survivor Thailand Brian Heidik was arrested and jailed yesterday after he shot a puppy with an arrow in the middle of the night, and for battering his wife.

The battery against his wife, Charmaine, a former Playboy model, from whom he’s separated, took place in late June; she says he “grabbed her by the face and pushed her down, bruising her forehead and elbow,” according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. This isn’t the first relationship trouble they’ve had. Earlier, in 2002, Charmaine punched Brian, but he didn’t press charges.

Early Tuesday morning, Brian “allegedly shot a puppy after the pet wandered onto his property in Douglasville” yesterday, the paper reports. Police “said the dog was not seriously injured and that the owner, Jeff McCloud, was expected to pick up the dog Thursday morning.” Brian “posted a $6,000 bond — $2,000 on the battery charge and $4,000 on a cruelty to animals charge — today after an initial appearance in” court.

Charmaine said Brian has been “spiralling out of control” since he won. “I think maybe it’s the show. I don’t think he’s ever adapted to real life since then. He thinks he can do anything. He thinks he invincible.”

‘Survivor’ winner jailed in Douglas County [Atlanta Journal-Constitution]

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