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LAKE OSWEGO, ORE. (AP) - A contrite former model married to actor Daniel Baldwin promised a judge on Wednesday that she would begin Alcoholics Anonymous meetings as soon as she finishes a 10-day sentence for violating probation on a drunken driving conviction.
"Obviously, alcohol has not been your friend," Judge Bruce Shepley told Joanne Baldwin, who was jailed July 13 after her husband reported that she became violent when she drank and had threatened to kill him.
Baldwin, 41, will get credit for time served in jail.
"I've been quite broken of late," she said at a 20-minute hearing in the Portland suburb of Lake Oswego. "I'm going to try to fix myself."
Baldwin said she has used alcohol to medicate herself from "internal pain." The judge ordered her to wear an alcohol-monitoring device until he decides she no longer needs it, and said he would jail her again if the device alerted any alcohol use.
Daniel Baldwin did not attend the hearing. He has filed for divorce and was granted a restraining order against her.
In seeking a restraining order, Daniel Baldwin said his wife broke her probation "hundreds of times" after a second drunken driving conviction in June 2010.
Daniel Baldwin, 50, said police told him to take their two children out of the couple's house on July 10, where he said the children witnessed his wife punching him in the face.
Joanne Baldwin's aggressiveness and drinking escalated since the first signs of violence, Daniel Baldwin said in the complaint.
In January, she said she had watched a documentary on women who killed their husbands, Baldwin wrote, and quoted her as saying "'Now I know how to do it, I understand why they did it. You have been warned. Move out of this house or I am going to kill you.'"
Baldwin said that statement was overheard by the couple's children, the older of whom later asked him: "Is Mommy going to kill us?"
The violence continued, Baldwin said, in incidents in March and May, and culminated with the fight on July 10.
The couple moved to the affluent suburb last year. Daniel Baldwin said at the time that he hoped to turn Portland, Ore., into a hub of film and television production, similar to Vancouver, B.C., in the 1990s.
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