It’s the great meltdown, Charlie Brown!
Peter Robbins, who as a child actor voiced the iconic “Peanuts” character in a series of TV specials, ranted against his own lawyer, the judge, a bailiff and more in a bizarre courtroom tirade that was caught on video last week.
“I hope you drop dead of a heart attack!” Robbins yelled at San Diego Superior Court judge Robert O’Neill during Friday’s hearing.
Robbins, 58, pleaded guilty in 2013 to threatening his then-girlfriend and stalking the plastic surgeon who performed a breast augmentation on her. He was sentenced to five years probation and ordered into a live-in drug treatment program, according to City News Service.
Robbins was later arrested on a series of probation violations, including drinking and cutting off his GPS monitor, according to the New York Daily News.
On Friday, Robbins was back in court for a hearing to determine if he should be jailed for violating probation. He was ordered to have a mental competency hearing instead.
“He acted out,” deputy district attorney Brenda Daly told Reuters. “He insulted everyone he could possibly insult in the courtroom. It raised doubts about his competency.”
At one point, Robbins called the judge an “asshole.” At another, he mocked his public defender for not having any “mob ties” and announced he was firing him. Robbins even yelled at a bailiff who put a hand on his shoulder at the end of the hearing when it was time to remove him from the courtroom.
“He’s rubbing me up, he’s got a gun!” Robbins said. “Run for your lives, he has a gun — run for your lives!”
Robbins voiced the cartoon character Charlie Brown in seven “Peanuts” TV specials, including seasonal staples such as “It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” and “A Charlie Brown Christmas.” His IMDB page also lists roles on some of the best-known TV shows of the 1960s, including “Rawhide,” “The Donna Reed Show,” “The Munsters,” “F Troop” and “Get Smart.”
The actor’s final “Peanuts” performance was in 1969’s “A Boy Named Charlie Brown.” His last professional acting credit was listed as a 1972 appearance on “My Three Sons,” although he has since appeared in interviews and documentaries, mostly about “Peanuts.”
Before his most recent arrest, Robbins had been living in Oceanside, California, with his dog, Snoopy, according to the Los Angeles Times.
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