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Pianist Yanni arrested on domestic battery charge
The musician vows to fight all charges
The musician vows to fight all charges.
World music star Yanni is in hot water this week after being arrested on charges of battery against his girlfriend.

The Grammy-nominated 51-year-old pianist - real name John Y. Christopher - was arrested at his Manalapan, Florda residence in the early hours of Friday morning (March 3). According to reports the celebrated new age star shook, pushed and slapped his 33-year-old girlfriend Silvia Barthes during a dispute aat his $7.7m mansion, before hiding in the bathroom and calling police.

Police say Ms Barthes had a bloody lip when they arrived, an injury Yanni claims happened when he tried to grab her arms. He released a statement which reads,

"I want everyone to know that I am completely innocent of any allegations made with respect to the events at my home on the night of March 2.

"These allegations are cruel, false, without merit and baseless. At a more appropriate time and place, I hope and pray I will have an opportunity to address my fans and colleagues all over the world."
written by on 3/8/2006 12:00:00 AM

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