Arthur Agee Jr., featured in the 1994 Oscar-nominated documentary “Hoop Dreams,” was released on bond from Cook County Jail on Dec. 17, after allegedly kicking a female companion several times outside a Forest Park bar.   

A Glendale Heights woman flagged down a Forest Park police officer at 11:37 p.m. on Nov. 19, according to a police report. She said she wanted to file a report against her boyfriend, showing an officer blood on her hands and forehead. 

The victim said Agee, 45, had jumped on her outside Pioneer Tap, 7445 Randolph St., after a verbal altercation. 

According to the police report, the two were in an alley when Agee, about 6-feet-2 and 200 pounds, threw her to the ground and started kicking her. Agee allegedly took her cellphone, threw it on the ground and fled the scene in a grey Chevy Envoy.

Agee, of Chicago, was arrested on Dec. 16 and charged with aggravated battery. A Cook County Judge set his bond at $30,000. He paid the $3,000 bail required and was released.

Agee was one of two high school basketball players featured in “Hoop Dreams,” a 1994 documentary by Oak Park film director Steve James, which chronicled how Agee and William Gates contrasted their athletic ambitions against life in their inner-city neighborhoods. 

“Hoop Dreams” won several film awards, including the 1994 Sundance Film Festival Audience Award for Best Documentary; the 1994 Chicago Film Critics Award for Best Picture; and the 1995 George Foster Peabody Award. The film was nominated for an Academy Award in the Best Editing category. In 2007, the International Documentary Association named “Hoop Dreams” the best documentary of all time. 

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