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Indie musician John Paul Pitts arrested on domestic violence charges
JOHN Paul Pitts, frontman of Florida indie band Surfer Blood, was arrested for domestic battery charges on March 31 this year, according to a police report obtained by Pitchfork.
Pitts initially pleaded not guilty on May 4, before accepting a “plea and pass” agreement July 13. As part of the agreement, Pitts must undertake a court-mandated program. On completion of the program his charges will be dismissed.
In the incident report, the victim is revealed to be Pitt’s girlfriend, who suffered “abrasions and bruises on the left and right arm” and was “visibly shaking and crying”.
The full report states that: “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.”
It goes on to add that: “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.”
Both parties stated that they did not need medical attention, according to the report.