Four months ago, Chet Hanks, the 24-year-old son of Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson, went public about going into rehab for his eight-year battle with substance abuse, as Star exclusively reported. Sadly, it seems his sobriety may have been short-lived, as an eyewitness tells Star that an “out of it” Chet went crazy recently at the center of a huge fight in an L.A. nightclub — and how his friends and family are worried that he’s gone back to his self-destructive habits.
According to the eyewitness, Chet and some pals arrived at The Vault nightclub on the evening of March 6, and it wasn’t long before he got into trouble. “Chet was drinking beer and liquor and screaming at people; he seemed really wild-eyed,” the witness reports. “Then some guy bumped him and all hell broke loose. Chet was throwing punches at the guy for 30 seconds when a group of big club bouncers ran over to him. Chet went berserk — he smashed one bouncer in the face with his head, kicked another one in the chest with his boots, and elbowed another in the skull. He beat the crap out of all of them!”
From there, the insider says the owner of the club confronted Chet, who began cursing and shouted, ‘I am the future of Hollywood! I’m done here!’ before walking out of the club.
But the night wasn’t over. Chet showed up at another venue, Project Los Angeles, around 1 a.m., “with his shirt ripped and looking intoxicated,” another eyewitness tells Star. “He managed to make his way up to the DJ booth, but he was eventually escorted out by security after he jumped onstage and tried multiple times to grab the microphone.”
As Star recently reported, his father Tom’s “cold, controlling behavior,” according to a source, has contributed to tension in the Hankas household — between Tom and Rita and Tom and Chet. “Tom obviously would do anything for his son,” the source explains. “But sometimes he’s taken a tough-love approach that Rita hasn’t always agreed with. She’s particularly close to Chet — as well as his younger brother, Truman — so naturally, they’ll usually take sides together against Tom.”
The source adds, “Chet’s a strong guy, but the pressures of life — and his family’s deteriorating dynamics — seem to be overwhelming him. Everyone close to him is praying that he isn’t destroying himself again.”