Arthur Agee Jr., featured in the 1994 Oscar-nominated documentary Hoop Dreams, was released on bond from Cook County Jail on Dec. 17, after allegedly kicking his female companion several times outside a Forest Park bar.
A Glendale Heights woman approached a Forest Park police officer at the 711, 205 Harlem, about 11:37 p.m. on Nov. 19, according to a police report. She extended her hands, which had traces of blood, and showed the officer her forehead, which also had a small amount of blood. She said she wanted to file a report against her boyfriend.
The victim said Agee had jumped on her outside Pioneer Tap. She said she had joined him at 7445 Randolph St. earlier that evening and the two had begun to argue after she reportedly confronted him about lies he had been telling her.
She said the two were in an alley when Agee, about 6-feet-2 and 200 pounds, threw her to the ground and started kicking her. She could not remember how she got the blood on her head. The woman said Agee took her cell phone, threw it on the ground, and then fled the scene in a grey Chevy Envoy. She said she drove to a gas station in the hopes of using the phone to file a police report. When she saw the officer at the convenience store, she filed the report directly with him.
The officer called an ambulance, and the woman was transported to a hospital.
Agee, 45, of Chicago, was booked on aggravated battery on Dec. 16, according to a representative from Cook County Jail. He appeared for a bail hearing on Dec. 17 and bail was set at $30,000. He paid the $3,000 bond and was released.
His case will be heard at 1:30 p.m., Dec. 19, at Maywood Courthouse, 1500 Maybrook Drive.
Agee was one of two high school basketball players featured in Hoop Dreams, a 1994 documentary by Oak Park film director Steve James, which chronicles how Agee and William Gates contrasted their athletic ambitions against life in their inner-city neighborhoods.
Hoop Dreams won several film awards, including the 1994 Sundance Film Festival Audience Award for Best Documentary; the 1994 Chicago Film Critics Award for Best Picture; and the 1995 George Foster Peabody Award. The film was nominated for an Academy Award in the Best Editing category. In 2007, the International Documentary Association named Hoop Dreams the best documentary of all time.