Pitchfork has reported that John Paul Pitts, frontman of indie rock outfit Surfer Blood, was taken into custody on March 31 in Lake Worth, Florida for Domestic Battery against his girlfriend of one year. According to Pitchfork and Diffuser, public court records show that Pitts obtained a ‘plea and pass’ agreement on July 13 after originally pleading not guilty on May 4, 2012.
The incident report reads as follows:
The victim stated on today’s date, Pitts and herself returned from an evening out. An argument pursued because she called a friend, stating she might need a place to stay. Pitts went into the bathroom and stated he was going to harm himself. When she knocked on the door, Pitts came out, they went into the bedroom, and the arguing continued. The victim stated Pitts grabbed her and flipped her over her shoulder, he then pinned her down by climbing on top of her. The defendant then proceeded to shove his fingers inside of her mouth. In return, she attempted to bite him and he pushed his fingers away. He continued to press his weight against her so she bit him on his chest. The victim stated this has occurred before. She told Pitts on numerous occasions she was going to call the police, but he just laughed. Advised she is not trying to ruin his life.
Pitts advised he did not harm his girlfriend. She always threatens to call the police on him. He was present with scratches and bruises to his chest. A bite mark was observed on the middle portion of his chest.
The officer responsible for arresting Pitt “observed abrasions and bruises on the victim’s left and right arm” as well as a bruise above her right eye and “The victim was visibly shaking and crying,”
Provided Pitt complies with and successfully completes the court’s mandated program, his plea of guilty and all battery charges will be dismissed in April 2013.