Actor Michael Madsen Ordered to Attend Weekly AA Meetings

Actor Michael Madsen, who is facing two misdemeanor DUI charges stemming from his March arrest in Malibu, was ordered Monday to attend at least two weekly Alcoholics Anonymous meetings while the case is pending.

A Van Nuys judge also ordered Madsen not to drive with any measurable alcohol in his system, and not to refuse to take any drug and alcohol or field sobriety tests.

Madsen's attorney appeared on the 61-year-old actor's behalf, but did not enter a plea for his client. Arraignment was postponed to June 11.

Madsen could face up to 364 days in jail if convicted of one count each of driving under the influence of alcohol within 10 years of another DUI offense and driving with a 0.08 percent blood-alcohol content within 10 years of another DUI offense.

He was arrested March 24 by Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies after his vehicle struck a pole.

The actor, whose film credits include "Kill Bill," "Hateful Eight" and "Reservoir Dogs," was also arrested on suspicion of DUI in Malibu in 2012.

In the latest case, Madsen's attorney told The in March that his client's accident was related to side effects to medication that he was taking under a doctor's care.

"It works better when taken at night before bed and he took it earlier," the lawyer said then. "Modifying the timing of drugs to achieve the greatest benefit with the lowest risk of unpleasant side effects is called drug chronotherapy."

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