Constantine Maroulis Releases Statement After Domestic Violence Arrest (UPDATED)

Constantine Maroulis released a statement after his arrest yesterday on domestic violence charges:

“Late last night Mr. Maroulis told Angelina Reed, his live-in girlfriend and mother of their four-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. 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. 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.”

The American Idol season 4 alum then thanked his family, friends, fans and supporters for their continued faith and trust in him during this challenging time and assured them that their belief in him is warranted.

Via Just Jared

UPDATE: Constantine has procured a restraining order against his ex-girlfriend, according to TMZ:

Constantine got a restraining order against Angel Reed, just hours after HE was arrested for allegedly kicking her in the groin. He claims it was self-defense and that she has a history of abusing him.

The “American Idol” alum made a beeline for court after getting released, armed with paperwork alleging a pattern of abuse by Angel. He says she’s thrown a picture frame at him, destroyed numerous personal items and went on a campaign of harassment.

The restraining order is tricky, since they share a 4-year-old daughter and live in the same house. The judge ordered Angel to stay clear of the house. The judge did not prohibit her from having contact with their kid.

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