01/25/2012 at 11:00 AM EST
Actor Jeremy London was charged with spousal battery stemming from a a November incident
in which he allegedly roughed up his estranged wife during an argument about their 5-year-old son in Palm Springs, the Desert Sun
According to documents obtained by TMZ
, the incident erupted after Melissa Cunningham objected to London's taking their son to breakfast, saying that the son didn't wish to go.
London then allegedly pulled Melissa's hair, the papers say, and he struck her on the side of the head.
In light of the charges, a rep for the 39-year-old London told PEOPLE in a statement: "The allegation for which this charge against Jeremy London is being filed is false and no such abuse occurred. The facts regarding the incident do not warrant this case moving forward and will prove to be a waste of resources by the DA's office. Jeremy continues to be focused on his work and looks forward to clearing his name of this allegation."
London, whose struggles with addictions were chronicled on VH1's Celebrity Rehab
, made headlines in 2010
when he was kidnapped at gunpoint and forced to use drugs. One of his kidnappers in the bizarre abduction eventually pleaded guilty