Surfer Blood's John Paul Pitts Arrested for Domestic Battery in Lake Worth
Usually, Surfer Blood is all about beach-y, positive vibes.
On March 31, though, the band's singer-guitarist John Paul Pitts was booked by the Palm Beach County Sherrif's Office on a domestic battery charge after a confrontation with his then-girlfriend.
As reported this afternoon by Pitchfork, the indie rocker was originally arrested in Lake Worth. Several days later on May 4, Pitts entered a not-guilty plea before finally accepting a deal on July 14.
Despite mentioning that "Pitts advised he did not harm his girlfriend ... She always threatens to call the police on him," the Palm Beach County Sherrif's Office incident report describes a strange confrontation during which Pitts threatened to "harm himself," "pinned [his girlfriend] down," and "shove[d] his fingers inside of her mouth":
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.
The report also notes "abrasions and bruises on the victim's left and right arm [and right eye]" as well as the fact that "the victim was visibly shaking and crying."
Pitts' plea deal could result in the dismissal of all charges by the end of April 2013.
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