Real-life 127 Hours adventurer arrested for domestic violence

Aron Ralston, who cut off his forearm after being trapped in a Utah canyon, faces count of assault

LAST UPDATED AT 11:59 ON Mon 9 Dec 2013

Update, 10 December: Domestic violence charges have been dropped against Aron Ralston and he has been released from jail. Vita Shannon still faces charges. It was revealed today that Ralston divorced Jessica Trusty and is now in a relationship with Shannon. The couple have a new baby.

THE man who inspired the 2010 film 127 Hours after cutting off his forearm in a Utah canyon has been arrested on suspicion of domestic violence.

Aron Ralston, 38, is being held in Denver County jail where he faces one count of assault and one count of “wrongs to minors”, reports the Denver Post.

Vita Shannon, 38, the owner of the property where he was arrested on Saturday night, was also taken in by police at the same time and faces the same charges. Police have been unable to provide any further details of the incident.

Ralston and Shannon are scheduled to appear in court this afternoon. Under Colorado law, suspects in domestic violence cases cannot be bailed out of jail until they appear in court.

Ten years ago, Ralston was hiking in Blue John Canyon in eastern Wayne County, Utah when a boulder dislodged and trapped his right hand against the canyon wall. After waiting for more than five days for help, he broke his radius and ulna bones and used a pocketknife to amputate his own arm.

He later wrote a best-seller entitled Between a Rock and a Hard Place and James Franco re-enacted the ordeal in Danny Boyle’s film 127 Hours, which was nominated for six Academy Awards, including Best Picture.

According to the Daily Mail, Ralston married artist Jessica Trusty in 2009, moved to a place called Boulder in Colorado and had a son named Leo one year later. It is not known whether the couple are still together.

Ralston, who was GQ’s Man of the Year and Vanity Fair’s Person of the Year in 2003, tours the US as a motivational speaker and is believed to have made around $4m in speaking fees and royalties from the book and movie. · 

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