'American Idol' Alum Constantine Maroulis Arrested for Domestic Violence, Claims It Was Self Defense

by Jackie Willis 9:56 AM PDT, August 13, 2015
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Constantine Maroulis was arrested on Wednesday morning for allegedly kicking his live-in girlfriend, Angel Reed, in the groin, but his rep tells ET that is not what happened.

TMZ reports that Reed, who is the mother of the American Idol alum's four-year-old daughter Malena, is claiming that Maroulis threw her to the ground and started kicking her in their New Jersey home on Tuesday night.

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However, the 39-year-old singer's rep sent a statement to ET saying that it was Reed that attacked Maroulis.

"Late last night Mr. Maroulis told Angelina Reed, his live-in girlfriend and mother of his four-year-old daughter Malena, that he was leaving her because of her continued instability. She became angry and began attacking him," his rep claims, referencing Tuesday evening. "During the course of the attack she hit him with her fists and threw numerous objects at him. He sustained a bruise and cut on his right thigh."

Denying previous reports, the statement continues, "He did not throw her to the ground or kick her in the groin during this incident. He consequently left their home to protect himself and to diffuse the situation. Some time later the local police came and arrested him for domestic abuse. He paid a small bail and was released."

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Maroulis' rep insists that his client's name will soon be cleared. "When all the facts come out it will become clear that Mr. Maroulis was the victim here and Ms. Reed was the aggressor," reads the statement. referencing Tuesday night. "Ms. Reed has a history of attacks on Mr. Maroulis and his property and these have previously been reported to law enforcement."

The former Idol contestant's rep adds that Maroulis is adamant about fighting back. "Mr. Maroulis intends to defend himself vigorously, as well as protect his child, both in the court of law and, as necessary, in the court of public opinion and is confident that he will be completely vindicated when the truth is known," the statement concludes. "He thanks his family, friends, fans and supporters for their continued faith and trust in him during this challenging time and assures them that their belief in him is warranted."

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Maroulis got his big break when he competed on season four of American Idol.

This past year, Mary J. Blige -- who's appeared as a guest judge on Idol -- put a spotlight on domestic abuse in her music video "Whole Damn Year." Check out the emotional video: