Sharon Osbourne under investigation for alleged assault on former Playboy model

Mrs Ozzy has allegedly been involved in a catfight with a former Playboy model on US reality show Rock of Love, though you could be forgiven for thinking it was Jerry Springer

Sharon Osbourne is being investigated by police after an alleged attack on a woman who insulted her husband, Black Sabbath's Ozzy Osbourne.

According to reports, Osbourne became enraged while filming of Rock of Love: Charm School, an American reality TV show. During recording on Sunday, Osbourne – who is the host of the series – allegedly ran across the stage and grabbed a contestant, pulling her hair and scratching her until security pulled them apart.

The victim, Megan Hauserman, told celebrity website TMZ she was attacked after saying Osbourne was only famous for managing a "brain-dead rock star".

Whether Sharon Osbourne was enraged by the professional slight or the criticism of her husband, Hauserman hardly seems like she ought to be casting stones. The former Playboy model is best known for her reality show appearances, on Beauty and the Geek, Rock of Love and I Love Money.

TMZ showed Hauserman leaving the hospital after the assault, holding her left arm in a sling. She was later interviewed by Los Angeles police.

LAPD spokeswoman Kate Lopez confirmed that an alleged battery incident had occurred and that officers would be investigating. "We can't verify Osbourne's involvement," she said yesterday. "An investigative report was taken ... and detectives will conduct interviews to determine if charges should be filed."

Osbourne is known for her impulsive behaviour. Besides feuds with Iron Maiden and Smashing Pumpkins, she walked out of the recording of an X Factor show in October 2007 and this year quit the show, scarcely giving an explanation. Insiders blamed Osbourne's X Factor departure on a stormy relationship with her fellow judges.


Sean Michaels

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