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Friday 30 January 2015

24 star Kiefer Sutherland star faces 48 days in jail

Sutherland as Jack Bauer
Sutherland as Jack Bauer

Kiefer Sutherland has been ordered to serve 48 days in jail after pleading 'no contest' to charges for driving under the influence.

Under a deal with prosecutors, the star will serve the sentence during breaks in filming for his hit TV drama, 24.

The actor has apologised for his "poor judgement" and the " distress this has caused my family, friends and co-workers".

Sutherland (40), who plays Jack Bauer in 24, was arrested in Los Angeles last month while on probation for a 2004 drink-driving offence.

Fox officials said in a statement that production of "24" will not be interrupted,

"Kiefer made clear to us at the time of his arrest that his first concern was the welfare of those he worked with and that he intended to do whatever was necessary to prevent shutting down the show because of his situation," the statement said.

"He told us that even if he had to sacrifice more time in custody in order to protect the show and the jobs of those who work with him, he would do so. From what occurred today, it is evident he is a man of his word," it said.

He also has to enroll in an 18-month alcohol-education class and go to alcohol-therapy sessions each week for six months. In addition to the 30 days for his current case, he'll spend another 18 days in jail for violating probation in a drink driving case from three years ago.

Sentencing is set for December 21st, the same day his show, "24," starts its winter production break.

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