Former shock jock Anthony Cumia of ‘Opie and Anthony’ show arrested for assaulting girlfriend; victim live streams alleged attack
Dec 21, 2015 06:34 AM EST
Anthony Cumia, the former co-host of the radio program "Opie and Anthony" show was arrested on Saturday in Rosyln Heights in Long Island, New York for allegedly assaulting a woman. The victim, who New York Post reports is the 54-year-old radio jock's girlfriend, recorded the alleged attack and live streamed it.
As seen in the video posted on YouTube, 26-year-old Dani Golightly said she suffered a broken hand after an altercation with Cumia. Details about the fight are not yet clear but based on the clip, the supposed physical violence between the two started after Cumia tried to take away Golightly's cellphone as she was trying to call the police.
The clip even showed Cumia laughing as his girlfriend describes the incident that happened between them. The video ended with the woman running away from the radio show host.
According to CBS News, Cumia was arrested shortly after the incident. A spokesperson from the Long Island Police Department said that the two got into an argument that escalated into physical violence. The law enforcement department also noted that the radio personality was charged with assault, strangulation, unlawful imprisonment and criminal mischief.
On Sunday, Cumia was released without bail after entering a not-guilty plea. However, he is scheduled to return to court sometime in January of next year.
"Mr. Cumia emphatically denies the allegations brought against him, and is optimistic that when the truth comes out, he will be exonerated," Alan Schawrtz, the legal representative of Cumia said according to the news site. "Simply put, things are not always what they appear to be, and this case is a perfect example of that.
Cumia served as the co-host of SiriusXM's 'Opie and Anthony' program with Gregg "Opie" Hughes" from 1995 to 2014. He was removed from the show last year after he got into a violent incident with a woman in New York. According to the host, an African-American woman suddenly came up to him and punched him in the face.
Although he did not fight back, he tweeted about the incident and used degrading words and racial slurs to refer to his attacker. SiriusXM described Cumia's tweets as "hate-filled" and "racially-charged" and fired him.