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Surfer Blodo frontman, John Paul, 28, was arrested in Lake Worth, Florida for domestic battery on March 31. According to an offense report from the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office, Pitts pleaded not guilty on May 4 and he later obtained a “plea and pass” settlement on July 13.
His guilty plea and charges can be dismissed in April 2013 if he attends a court-mandated program. When Pitchfork reached out to the troubled indie rock musician, Pitts’ representatives refused to comment on the incident.
A report filed in March, where the victim in the case was Pitts’ girlfriend at the time, stated:
The victim stated on today’s date, Pitts and herself returned from an evening out. An argument pursued because she called a friend, stating she might need a place to stay. Pitts went into the bathroom and stated he was going to harm himself. When she knocked on the door, Pitts came out, they went into the bedroom, and the arguing continued. The victim stated Pitts grabbed her and flipped her over her shoulder, he then pinned her down by climbing on top of her. The defendant then proceeded to shove his fingers inside of her mouth. In return, she attempted to bite him and he pushed his fingers away. He continued to press his weight against her so she bit him on his chest. The victim stated this has occurred before. She told Pitts on numerous occasions she was going to call the police, but he just laughed. Advised she is not trying to ruin his life.
The officer who arrested Pitts noticed “observed abrasions and bruises on the victim’s left and right arm” in addition to a bruise above her right eye. In the police report, “the victim was visibly shaking and crying.”
The report also stated:
“Pitts advised he did not harm his girlfriend. She always threatens to call the police on him. He was present with scratches and bruises to his chest. A bite mark was observed on the middle portion of his chest.”
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