The actress Irene Bedard, who is best known for singing Pocahontas in the Disney film of the same name, was arrested twice last week on various charges, all apparently related to her intoxication.
The 57 year-old actress was arrested in Beavercreek, Ohio on Saturday, November 28, according to the local news magazine Hamilton Journal News. In the police report she was listed as Irene Bedard-Wilson. Police arrived at the scene just minutes before 2 a.m. The actress’ ex-husband said he called the police because she allegedly kicked a relative who is a teenager. She was subpoenaed for domestic violence, assault, disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and criminal damage.
The relative was her 17-year-old son, according to Page Six. He did not press charges and told police that Bedard was usually friendly “when she does not drink”.
The police report states that Bedard stood in the room, holding a belt and screaming. “Look, they sent the white man to get me,” she said according to the report. According to her biography on IMDb, the actress is from Alaska and is from Yupik, Iñupiat and Cree Land. After the officers put her in the back of the car, Bedard allegedly kicked the plexiglass partition that separates the back of the car from the front seat and broke it.
Police were again called in on Bedard on Monday, November 30, when she was forced to leave an extended stay hotel. The police report on this incident also indicates that she was apparently drunk. According to Journal News, the police report described her appearance with “red, glassy, bloodshot eyes. On the way to the prison, she kicked the partition wall again. Upon arrival, police had to “drag” her into the prison. She was again summoned for disorderly conduct. She will appear in court for the first time on Tuesday, December 8, in connection with the second summons.
According to Journal News, all of Bedard’s charges are misdemeanors.
Bedard repeated her role as Pocahontas in the direct-to-video sequel Pocahontas 2: Journey to a New World and for the film Ralph Breaks the Internet 2018. Other current roles include Ray Brentner in the upcoming The Stand-Miniseries and Marilou Skye on FBI: Most Wanted according to her IMDb. The actress made her film debut in 1994, when she provided the voice for Nakooma in the animated, historical-fictional television movie Squanto: A Warrior’s Tale, which was also a Disney production.
Bedard’s agent did not respond in time to the request sent by e-mail to Washington Newsday for a comment on the release.