Landau Eugene Murphy Jr., the season 6 America’s Got Talent champ, was arrested this week for domestic violence after he allegedly attacked his girlfriend with a golf club. Via TMZ
Law enforcement sources tell TMZ, Landau Eugene Murphy Jr. — who won season 6 of ‘AGT’ — was arrested Monday night in Whitman, West Virginia for misdemeanor domestic battery and domestic assault.
We’re told they got into it when he told her he was leaving her … which escalated into an argument about who would care for their 6-month-old baby. That’s when Landau allegedly started slapping her and then struck her under her left eye with a golf club. The brawl spilled outside, where he allegedly slammed her head on the sidewalk.
She was treated at a hospital, and cops later arrested Landau. He was released the same night on a $3,500 bond.
Landau’s Murphey’s manager, Burke Allen, released a statement on Tuesday claiming it was his client who was attacked:
“An unfortunate incident occurred at my home Monday evening. My girlfriend and her friends and family she had invited over had trashed the home. This has happened several times previously while I was away on tour.
“I asked them all to leave, a heated argument happened between us and she began destroying things with a golf club. She then attacked me with the golf club-and a knife. In defending myself, she obtained some bruises and swelling on her face. I did not strike her. She filed a complaint against me anyway.”
Murphy says he was raised to “respect women, and if not provoked and feeling I was in danger, I would never have defended myself in this manner. I am very sorry for the way domestic incident was handled.”
Potting soil stained the woman’s clothes after the altercation. A West Virginia State Police trooper later found soil scattered throughout the lawn and sidewalk at Murphy’s home, according to the complaint. The trooper also found a golf club in Murphy’s living room, the complaint states.
He and the woman have a 6-month-old child, who was present during the incident, according to the complaint.
The singer was charged with domestic battery and domestic assault, both misdemeanors. Authorities booked him into Southwestern Regional Jail at 7:40 p.m. Monday, and he was released about an hour later on $3,500 bail.
Murphy was the dread-headed singer who surprised audiences with performances of Sinatra-style jazz standards. Here is his 2011 audition: