Actor Keifer Sutherland has had quite a few run ins with the law, but he had never faced off with a fashion designer before. He isn’t exactly a Hollywood bad boy, but the characters that he portrays are often dark and complicated. While attending a party for the Metropolitan Museum of Art Annual Costume Institute gala with actress Brooke Shields, Sutherland decided to pay McCollough back for what he thought was a case of bad manner. Witnesses say that Jack McCollough bumped shoulders with Shields, and to the dismay of Sutherland, he did not offer an apology.
Sutherland, who is currently on probation for drunk driving charges, allegedly head-butted McCollough. McCollough completely denies running into Brooke Shields, but there are not any independent witnesses coming forward at this time. Sutherland and his publicist have not made comment. In 2004, Sutherland was arrested for drunk driving for the first time. After completing court ordered community service, he was subsequently arrested again. Now that Sutherland is on probation, he will probably be charged with assault by the NYPD.
Jack McCollough is one of the founders of the Proenza Schouler fashion line. This little known New York based label has been quietly producing some of the most unique women’s sportswear seen in recent years. While McCollough hasn’t exactly been the subject of high profile news stories in the past, his label will certainly benefit from Sutherland’s misguided rage. Shields, who was present during the attack, has also decided to stay mum.
After the NYPD left, the party continued without incident. This year’s theme, ‘The Model as Muse’ centered on the role that models play when off the catwalk. Organizers may not have appreciated the fact that Sutherland got out of line, but at least you can benefit from the additional publicity and media coverage.