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Actor Jeremy London is facing a misdemeanor domestic violence charge.
updated 1/1/2012 1:18:56 AM ET 2012-01-01T06:18:56

Jeremy London will fly away all right — to the slammer if authorities prove the allegations against him.

Prosecutors in Riverside, Calif., have charged the ex-"Party of Five" and "Seventh Heaven" star with domestic violence stemming from the scuffle he got into last month with his estranged wife Melissa Cunningham.

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A rep for the Riverside District Attorney's Office said prosecutors filed the misdemeanor count two days ago after London's baby mama filed a police report alleging the actor assaulted her outside her home on Nov. 18 when the two got into an argument over custody of their child. A warrant was subsequently issued for his arrest — standard in such cases.

The D.A. could not specify how much jail time the 39-year-old thesp might face if he's convicted.

But London told E! News exclusively that the charge was without merit.

"This is just more of [Melissa's] insanity," the erstwhile "Celebrity Rehab" participant said. "I'd never lay a finger on a woman. And the only allegation is that I pulled her hair."

While it sounds like a he said-she said-style scenario, a source close to Jeremy tells E! that Melissa had been approached to do a reality show (purportedly by producers behind "The Real Housewives" franchise) and that she needed to drum up "drama" for the show.

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The source adds that Cunningham reportedly even went so far as to call Jeremy's twin brother, Jason London, and his wife, asking them to participate given that they haven't always been on the best terms with Jeremy (like the time Jeremy filed a restraining order against his sibling and his mom).

Given the reputed reality-series overture, the couple didn't exactly buy her abuse claims after the incident, notes the insider.

A lawyer for Cunningham was unavailable for comment.

— Reporting by Baker Machado and Katie Rhames

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