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Surfer Blood Frontman John Paul Pitts Arrested on Battery Charge

John Paul Potts, frontman of Florida indie band Surfer Blood today entered a ‘guilty’ plea over an alleged domestic assault on 31st May. Originally the singer had entered a not guilty plea, but has since changed it to a no contest plea, meaning the singer will have to abide by a court-mandated program.

Documents released by the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office confirm that on May 4th the singer entered his not guilty plea, before a 23rd July document revealed he had since changed his plea, known as a “plea and pass” agreement. If the singer abides by the court mandated program Potts guilty plea and charges will be dismissed in April 2013.

In the incident report, the victim of the assault was Potts’ girlfriend of around a year. The official incident report 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.

It’s reported that neither Potts girlfriend or Potts required medical attention. According to Pitchfork, Potts camp refused to comment on the story.

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