Drew Barrymore’s estranged mom is out of the pokey after being arrested on Mother’s Day Eve on a gun charge in New York. Jaid Barrymore, 53, and a 26-year-old man were stopped by cops at 2 a.m. Saturday for putting up fliers hyping an upcoming gig by indie rocker Paul Cote. One of Big Apple’s finest found a loaded gun — make that, a loaded .357 Ruger — in Barrymore’s purse, NYPD officials told Hollywood.com today.
Barrymore was arraigned in a criminal court in Manhattan on a weapons possession charge, plus criminal mischief and illegal postering. She was released on her own recognizance.
Barrymore’s lawyer told The Associated Press that his client was carrying the gun because she was mugged on the subway a few days earlier. Jaid Barrymore reportedly has a permit for the gun — but the permit is only good in California, and for target practice.
In 1992, Drew Barrymore cut Mother Barrymore out of her life, then reconciled with her in 1995, then had another falling out (which still stands). Last year, Jaid Barrymore auctioned off some her daughter’s baby clothes and movie memorabilia on the Internet.