American Idol alum Constantine Maroulis is claiming self-defense following his Wednesday, Aug. 12, domestic violence arrest. In a statement to Us Weekly, the Broadway star’s rep said that Maroulis was defending himself against his girlfriend, Angelina Reed, and was the victim rather than the aggressor.
“Late last night Mr. Maroulis told Angelina Reed, his live-in girlfriend and mother of their 4-year-old child, that he was leaving her because of her continued instability. She became angry and began attacking him. During the course of the attack she hit him with her fists and threw numerous objects at him. He sustained a bruise and cut on his right thigh,” Howard Bragman told Us in a statement Wednesday on the singer's behalf. “He did not throw her to the ground or kick her in the groin during this incident. He consequently left their home to protect himself and to diffuse the situation. Some time later the local police came and arrested him for domestic abuse. He paid a small bail and was released.”
His statement continued: “When all the facts come out it will become clear that Mr. Maroulis was the victim here and Ms. Reed was the aggressor. Ms. Reed has a history of attacks on Mr. Maroulis and his property and these have previously been reported to law enforcement. Mr. Maroulis intends to defend himself vigorously, as well as protect his child, both in the court of law and, as necessary, in the court of public opinion and is confident that he will be completely vindicated when the truth is known. He thanks his family, friends, fans and supporters for their continued faith and trust in him during this challenging time and assures them that their belief in him is warranted.”
According to TMZ, Maroulis was arrested after allegedly kicking Reed in the groin in their shared Wyckoff, N.J., home. The site reports that Reed, who is mom to their daughter, Malena, called 911 prior to his arrest. Reed did not reply to requests for comment from Us Weekly.
Maroulis was a finalist on Season 4 of American Idol and most notably was nominated for a Tony for his performance in the 2009 Broadway production of Rock of Ages.
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