Frankie Muniz denies that he abused his girlfriend, held a gun to his head

You might remember Frankie Muniz as the smack talking child star of popular Fox show Malcolm in The Middle during its six year run starting in 2000. After the show wrapped he did a few forgettable movies and then went on to live comfortably off his millions and pursue a career in racecar driving. Frankie is living very well, having bragged on Twitter recently that he had a $40 million retirement fund at 19. He currently plays drums in a band in Phoenix, Arizona, where he lives. Frankie, now 25, was considered a rare child star success story in that he seemed capable of transitioning into a civilian lifestyle outside of Hollywood. That was until last week, when cops were called to his house on Friday during an epic fight he had with his live-in girlfriend of a few years. No charges were filed as neither party had visible injuries, but Frankie did go to the hospital for a suspected concussion after he “fell” during their argument.

Frankie’s girlfriend claims he punched her in the back of the head and held a loaded semiautomatic weapon to his head, threatening suicide. He denies this happened, says that she hit him, and claims he just had the case and the gun wasn’t loaded. When cops found the gun in a closet it was loaded, so they impounded it and let them both off with a warning. Here are some details from TMZ, which also has a segment of the police report:

TMZ obtained a police report filed in Phoenix, AZ last Friday. According to the report, Muniz and his girlfriend, Elycia Turnbow, were arguing in their home about “prior relationships.” Elycia told cops, Frankie “grabbed a gun and held it to his head, possibly with the intent of committing suicide.”

Elycia says she became worried and called one of Frankie’s bandmates to take him to the hospital.

Frankie tells a different story, claiming Elycia was screaming and yelling at him when he “fell and hit his head.” Muniz says that’s why he went to the hospital. Muniz denied putting a gun to his head, but did say, “I grabbed the case, but not the gun … it isn’t even loaded.”

In fact … the cops did find the gun and it was loaded.

Muniz was released a short time later, went home, and just after 10PM the same night, things exploded back at the house. According to the police report, Elycia says, Frankie “punched her in the back of the head, and threw her into a wall while in the downstairs bedroom.”

Muniz denied punching Elycia, telling cops, “I love her too much. She is the woman I want to marry.”

Muniz told cops … what actually happened was that he was sleeping but awakened “by Elycia yelling at him and hitting him in the face.” Muniz said he was defending himself when “Elycia fell to the ground and started to kick the bedroom door.”

Cops say in the report … there were no visible injuries.

The handgun was impounded and both Frankie and Elycia were warned they’d both go to jail if things got out of control again.

[From TMZ]

In the police report, they mention that the girlfriend Elycia wanted to get ahold of Frankie’s computer and he wouldn’t give it to her due to some excuse over how it had important stuff on it and he was worried she’d wreck it. So it sounds like she suspected he was cheating on her and that’s what the fight was about.

Frankie’s rep has issued a statement acknowledging that the police were called but denying that Frankie assaulted Elycia, was suicidal or held a gun to his head: “Frankie and Elycia had an argument a few days ago. The police were called to the residence. A gun played no part in the argument and was voluntarily given to the police for safekeeping. There were no bruises and neither left the residence. He was not suicidal. She was not assaulted.”

TMZ notes that this doesn’t match up with what the girlfriend told police that night. Frankie and Elycia still seem to be together, as his rep insists. They went out to dinner the next night and on Valentine’s day Frankie tweeted this photo of the table all set for dinner. There were four place settings, so maybe another couple was there to keep the peace.

Frankie and Elycia are shown in the header on 3/21/10 and below on 6/18/09 and 5/1/09. Credit:



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  1. Kiki says:

    That girl has had a lot of work done… Hope she thinks about it and doesn’t take him back.

  2. devilgirl says:

    Rule number one in relationships: NEVER, EVER talk about PAST RELATIONSHIPS!

    Recipe for disaster.

  3. Kiki says:

    @delvilgirl: I know right?
    My ex insisted that I told him about my previous ex -he had been my only relationship- and I felt so pressured that I did tell him… He couldn’t bear it and he broke-up with me! Depressed

  4. Arianna says:

    holy cake face my god :|

    she just gives off a vibe of an attention-whore… but i could also see frankie being a slight bit psycho

    and really that blue and white polka dot dress… burn it.

  5. Hollz says:

    I disagree! Past relationships are something that SHOULD be talked about. Not in-depth or anything like that, but honesty is required for a healthy and happy relationship. If you refuse to talk about past relationships, he’s gonna think your hiding something.

    Also, look at the body language in those pictures. She only has eyes for the camera. And the space between them!
    Break up with her Frankie! She’s after your moneyz.

  6. devilgirl says:

    @Hollz- Fair enough, but personally, I see no purpose in talking about the past. What good does it serve?

    I had two bf’s who insisted on talking about my past w/ my ex’s, and they became obsessed. If you are truly secure in your relationship, there is no need to discuss past ones. I am not curious about my bf’s ex’s. All I care about is the present and the future. There is a reason it’s called ” The Past”.

  7. Johnny Depp's Girl says:

    keep the past in the past.. always remain a mystery. That is what keeps people intrigued.

    As for this fight…. damn, bring out the boxing gloves…

  8. Racheal says:

    Maybe there’s some merit after all to the insults Shia hurled at Frankie?

  9. Rosali says:

    @devilgirl – well i think you should talk about the past, because the past is what i am. All i’ve seen and done brought me to the place i’m now.. but of course you shouldn’t talk about your ex 24/7…

    she looks like she’s just in love with herself.. and of course with his money…

  10. Bodhi says:

    I was in an abusive relationship for 2 1/2 years & when I met my husband several years out of that disaster I told him about it, not all of it, but most of it. I knew for a FACT that he wasn’t a psycho like me ex, but I felt like he deserved to know where I was coming from. He quietly listened to me & that was the end of it.

    I think it is important to talk about one’s past relationships so that the couple can get to know each other better. If one person gets all bent out of shape about the others past, then it probably wouldn’t work out anyway.

  11. SamiHami says:

    I agree Devilgirl. Truth is that dredging up past relationships serves no purpose. You can’t undo what has been done, and you may not want to anyway. I’m glad I dated some of the guys in my past; they were good people, just not “the one.”

    My past belongs to me. I can love it or hate it as much as I want, but it’s not my husband’s place to judge. That goes both ways. I mean, yeah, he and I know a lot about each other’s pasts, but not because we quizzed each other. And we certainly never talked about intimate details of our love lives before we met. Quite frankly it’s not anyone’s business.

  12. I Choose Me says:

    I’m sorry to hear that you had to go through that Bodhi and I agree with you to some extent. I have no problem with talking about the past if it’s a conversation that happens naturally. Two people sharing who they are and where they’ve been. But if your s.o. is demanding to know all about your exes. Run. These types of people tend to be controlling, needy and insecure.

  13. Liana says:

    I know pretty much all about my husband’s past and he about mine because we were friends for 10 years before hooking up. The only ex we talk about with any regularity is his ex-wife because they have a daughter. Plus I actually LIKE his ex-wife.

  14. Isabel says:

    I don’t really see a point in discussing exes. What good is accomplished? I mean, at the beginning, my hubby heard about them…and I still had a lot of mutual friends with some of them…but who cares? I know his exes, too. One of them is one of my best friends’ sisters. And I love her.

    I guess you have to be secure. Everyone has a past. Get over it.

    That being said, I really hope these two do not get married. Between this shit and Kourtney and Dickface, the institution of marriage is a pretty nasty joke this week.

  15. MissyA says:

    . . . I don’t like this story one bit.

  16. xxodettexx says:

    idk, on the one hand i have always been an extremely private person and agree with those that say run from BFs that are demanding to know about your past relationships… the few that have “demanded” details from me, tend to end up being insecure, abusive jerks…

    but there are times when its okay to give an overall picture of past relationships if it helps people understand where others are coming from [again, i told my current BF about the abusive ex's so he can understand why i am the kind of girl that doesnt take ANY shit now...]

    i guess overall, i say the past is in the past, leave it be…

  17. Wicked SteppMom says:

    I’m friends w/2 of my ex-bf’s on Facebook, including 1 that there was a great deal of discussion about marriage. My Hubs has absolutely no problem w/this BECAUSE we have open, honest communication…as a matter of fact, he’s also become friends w/the ex I considered marrying. Hubs & I have been married for over 10 years and while we don’t cram info about our pasts down each other’s throats-we both understand that this is the person you should feel safest sharing anything about your life with. If you don’t, that may speak about other aspects of your relationship.

  18. Hakura says:

    It definitely sounds like everything about this story has been ‘sanitized’ for PR purposes.

    As to the computer, I suppose he could’ve worried she’d find his stash of hardcore porn, or maybe some of those pics girls send..’look at me, I’m topless taking a picture of myself with my cell phone!‘ (or the male equivalent ‘Look at my junk! It’s really a porn star’s I found in a picture on google, but I’m gonna lie & tell you it’s mine!) morons seem to be so fond of, lately. Flirtatious chat messages, website history. All things that he’d rather she didn’t see.

    But at any rate, the deal with punching, someone falling, possible suicide threats & a loaded gun… takes this into way scary territory. Just can’t tell which one of them is the aggressor.