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."