Yanni’s mugshot from the Palm Beach County Jail
Easy-listening music sensation Yanni is accused of being not-so-easy on his girlfriend, as he was arrested for allegedly roughing her up while kicking her out of his South Florida mansion.
According to police in the opulent, oceanside town of Manalapan, Fla., Yanni, whose real name is John Yanni Christopher, spent 12 hours at the Palm Beach County Jail last week after the scuffle with Silvia Barthes.
The 33-year-old woman called authorities from a locked bathroom inside Yanni’s $7.7 million home to report the alleged abuse.
Barthes told police Yanni, 51, was verbally abusive last Thursday night and grabbed her clothes off closet hangers before tossing them on the floor. She claims the Greek-born musician gripped and shook her by the forearms, threw her on a bed, jumped on top of her and slapped her in the face.
The police report indicates she did have a swollen and bloody lip.
Yanni acknowledged an argument took place, but maintains he grabbed her arms only after she kicked him in the groin. He also said he hurt his left middle finger during the incident, but denied striking her.
“These allegations are cruel, false, without merit and baseless,” Yanni said through a statement released by his manager, Danny O’Donovan. “At a more appropriate time and place, I hope and pray I will have an opportunity to address my fans and colleagues all over the world.”
“He absolutely is not guilty and did not strike that woman,” Yanni’s attorney, Orlando Gonzalez, told the Palm Beach Post, adding “the last thing this man would want to do is hurt his hands.”
Yanni was taken into custody on a charge of domestic battery, a first-degree misdemeanor, and the state attorney’s office will be reviewing the case. Though he is out of jail, he has to check in with authorities every week until the case is resolved.
Barthes said in the police report that Yanni had dated her exclusively for the last year and a half, and that she had moved into his home in December.
Yanni, an internationally famous keyboardist known for his meditative instrumentals, has sold millions of New Age albums worldwide.
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