LATEST: HAIRSPRAY star Nikki Blonsky's father has returned to New York from a Caribbean island jail after he was arrested on charges of grievous bodily harm stemming from an altercation at an airport last month (Jul08).
Carl Blonsky was detained along with his daughter following a fight with U.S. reality TV star Bianca Golden on 29 July (08) - all three were taken into custody by Turks and Caicos Islands police.
The teenage actress was charged with actual bodily harm and subsequently released on bail along with Golden, while Blonsky was charged with a felony and jailed.
He has now been released after posting $3,000 (GBP1,500) bail following more than a week in an island prison. The news comes just days after he was initially denied bail ahead of a hearing scheduled later this month (19Aug08).
According to the New York Post, Blonsky's family lawyer Michael Griffith is adamant that Golden created the incident as a publicity stunt after losing out as a contestant on Tyra Banks' TV show America's Next Top Model.
He tells the newspaper, "I want to clear Nikki's name. All her father did was step into the fight to try and break it up."
The altercation between Blonsky and Golden is alleged to have started in the departure lounge at the Providenciales International Airport after the actress attempted to save seats for her family, and Golden had nowhere to sit.
Nikki faces a two-year prison spell if she is found guilty of a charge of actual bodily harm, when her case goes to court in December (08).
Blonsky Sr. could be sentenced to up to five years behind bars if convicted.