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Jean-Claude Van Damme's son pleads guilty in Tempe knife incident

Posted at 2:04 PM, Aug 15, 2018

A son of actor Jean-Claude Van Damme has pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct for holding his roommate at knifepoint at their apartment in Tempe.

Nicholas Van Varenberg had a change of plea hearing Wednesday.

He's now scheduled to be sentenced on Oct. 3 and authorities say Van Varenberg likely will get probation.

Tempe police arrested Van Varenberg last September on suspicion of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, unlawful imprisonment, marijuana possession and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Police say Van Varenberg became upset at his unidentified roommate for answering the door, grabbed a knife and kept his roommate from leaving the apartment.

Surveillance video showed Van Varenberg attempting to drag his roommate back into their department after he escaped but was unsuccessful, police paperwork said. The roommate ran downstairs afterward and escaped telling authorities the suspect refused to let him leave.

The 22-year-old Van Varenberg is the youngest son of Van Damme, known for his martial arts action films of the 1980s and 1990s.