It’s a dark day for Florida indie rock quartet Surfer Blood. According to recently publicized documents from the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s office, frontman John Paul Pitts was arrested for battery earlier this year. Pitts was first taken in on March 31 when he allegedly attacked his girlfriend of one year.
The report states that after an evening out, the couple got in a fight and, according to his girlfriend,
“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 that this has occurred before. She told Pitts on numerous occasions she was going to call the police, but he just laughed.”
According to Pitts’ own report of the incident,
“He did not harm his girlfriend. She always threatens to call the police on him. He was present with scratches and bruises on his chest. A bite mark was observed on the middle portion of his chest.”
Pitts pleaded not guilty of battery of May 4, then received a “plea and pass” on July 13. Pitts’ charges will be dropped in April of next year if he follows through on a court-mandated program.