Opie and Anthony DJ Charged With Domestic Violence

Woman uploads Periscope video showing fight between her and Anthony Cumia
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 21, 2015 6:04 AM CST

Last year he was fired from SiriusXM for a string of "racially charged and hate-filled" tweets. Now disc jockey Anthony Cumia is facing new troubles after a domestic violence incident at his Long Island home. The 54-year-old former co-host of the Opie and Anthony radio show was arrested Saturday morning in Roslyn Heights on charges of assault, strangulation, criminal mischief, and unlawful imprisonment, NBC News reports. Nassau County Police say Cumia had been involved in an argument with a 26-year-old woman—IDed by the New York Post as his girlfriend—that apparently went south. "Mr. Cumia emphatically denies the allegations brought against him, and is optimistic that when the truth comes out, he will be exonerated," his attorney said in a statement, per NBC. "Things are not always what they appear to be, and this case is a perfect example of that."

A video uploaded to Periscope under the name Dani Golightly may not help Cumia's case. "Hi, I'm in Long Island, I got my hand broken, I'm waiting for the police to come," a woman in the video says. "I tried to call the police, he turned the phone off." She then argues with and curses at Cumia, who can be heard offscreen telling her to leave the house. As a relaxed-sounding Cumia approaches her, holding what the Post says looks like a beer, he laughs, calls her "sweetie" and "baby," and says, "Ladies and gentlemen, it's the Anthony and Dani show!" She backs away, informing him, "Stay away from me, you f---ing psycho!" Cumia was released on his own recognizance and ordered to stay away from his accuser; his next court appearance is Jan. 4, notes the Post. (More domestic violence stories.)

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