Paper: Kiefer Sutherland to be charged for NYC headbutting incident

The New York Daily News is reporting that "24" star Kiefer Sutherland will surrender to prosecutors as early as Thursday to face a minor assault charge for headbutting a fashion designer at a party Monday night, according to sources.

Sutherland will face a third-degree assault charge for the attack on designer Jack McCollough, sources said. Sutherland will be issued a desk appearance ticket for the misdemeanor - meaning he won't be jailed and will be free to travel before he's arraigned.

A friend of the actor's told the paper that Sutherland "is sorry it happened. Absolutely. It's terribly regrettable."

The bizarre case took place at a costume gala afterparty at New York's SubMercer bar, where Sutherland reportedly saw fashion designer

Jack McCollough
Brooke Shields

. When Sutherland asked the Proenza Schouler designer to apologize and was pushed instead, Sutherland reportedly headbutted McCollough, breaking his nose.

Shields' reps later denied that McCollough did anything inappropriate.

This could be the beginning of something even more troublesome for Sutherland, who is still on probation in Los Angeles for a DUI. A rep for the L.A.'s attorney's office is looking into whether Sutherland violated the conditions of his sentence. He served 48 days in jail in 2007 for those drunk-driving charges.