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Clark Gable's grandson says arrest was a 'misunderstanding'

July 30, 2011 |  8:45 am

Clark Gable's grandson

The grandson of actor Clark Gable was released Friday pending a court appearance after being arrested for allegedly pointing a laser at a police helicopter in Hollywood.

Clark Gable III, 22, is set to appear in court to answer the charges on Aug. 26. He was arrested at 10:15 p.m. at the intersection of Sunset Boulevard and La Brea Avenue, the Los Angeles Police Department said.

He was driving through Hollywood when police said he pointed the laser at an LAPD helicopter. He was charged with a felony count of discharging a laser.

After being released from jail, Gable told KCBS-TV that the whole incident was a "mistake."

"It was a misunderstanding, you know, people make mistakes and you learn from them,'' Gable told the TV station. The laser pointer was  "just a gift that I got and people make mistakes and that's the bottom line. I'm going to learn from it and hopefully others will.''

In 2009, Gable was stabbed in the chest at a party in Calabasas.


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Photo: Clark Gable III. Credit: KTLA-TV