Reports out of Indiana over the weekend were that Anthrax drummer Charlie Benante and his wife had been arrested for domestic battery in front of a child.
WBST reported arrest records indicated the pair were picked up at the Hilton Garden Inn in Elkhart, and both were released from jail on Saturday.
No further details were provided, but on Monday, William L. Hotopp - attorney for Charlie – issued the following statement:
“Last Friday night, Charlie Benante, drummer for the rock band Anthrax, was assaulted several times during an altercation that sent him to the emergency room with a gash at the back of his head that required several staples to close.
Mr. Benante and his six-year old daughter Mia had traveled to Elkart, IN to meet Mrs. Benante and her 17-year old son who was participating in a weekend baseball series. At some point, words were exchanged between Mr. Benante, Mrs. Benante and her male companion that led to a scuffle. Mrs. Benante hit Mr. Benante in the face, he pushed her away, and as he turned around to leave with Mia, Mrs. Benante assaulted him from behind, hitting him multiple times on the back of his head with a cell phone. Police were called, and both Mr. Benante and Mrs. Benante were detained for domestic battery in front of a child.
Mr. Benante is understandably distraught by this incident and that his daughter, who he dotes on, witnessed it.
Mr. Benante will appear in Elkhart County court this Friday, August 3, and we expect complete vindication.”
Anthrax drummer arrested for domestic battery
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