Prosecutors on Tuesday declined to charge Edsel Ford II, a member of the board of directors for Ford Motor Co. and the great grandson of company founder Henry Ford, after he was earlier arrested, city officials said.
Ford, 67, was released after prosecutors decided not to file misdemeanor domestic violence charges following an altercation with his wife, Cynthia, late Monday at his home in the Detroit suburb of Grosse Pointe Farms, a police officer said over the phone.
"Charges were not authorized," a Grosse Pointe Farms court official said.
Director of Public Safety Daniel Jensen said the case was sent to the city attorney after the "very minor" physical assault, the Detroit Free Press reported.
The incident follows brief divorce proceedings -- initiated by Edsel Ford -- in April and May, The Detroit News reported. The case was dismissed May 25 after "the parties’ mutual desire" to end the proceedings, the News reported.
"Contrary to reports, this is not a case of domestic violence. I stand behind true victims of domestic violence and I am not one of them," Cynthia Ford said in a statement late Tuesday. "My husband and I ... are working in the right direction to heal from this experience and move forward.”
Edsel Ford was elected to Ford's board of directors in 1988 and has four sons. He is the son of Henry Ford II, the automaker’s former longtime CEO and chairman, and is a cousin to Bill Ford Jr., Ford's executive chairman. One of Edsel Ford's sons, Henry Ford III, is global marketing manager for Ford Performance.
"We are aware of what has been reported in the press, but it would be inappropriate to comment on personal matters," a Ford company spokeswoman said in an email.