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'Top Chef' Winner Accused of Assaulting Girlfriend

Paul Qui told police he "only was grabbing and holding" his girlfriend, according to an arrest affidavit



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    Austin chef and restaurateur Paul Qui was arrested March 19, accused of assaulting his girlfriend, according to an arrest affidavit.

    The 2012 winner of the Bravo TV show "Top Chef" has been charged with assaulting his girlfriend in Texas.

    Austin police say Paul Qui was arrested Saturday morning on misdemeanor charges of unlawful restraint and of assault causing injury-family violence.

    According to an arrest affidavit, Qui's girlfriend says he prevented her from leaving an apartment with her child by pushing her and throwing her against walls, doors and furniture. Qui told police he "only was grabbing and holding her."

    The affidavit says the apartment was in disarray with broken furniture and glass.

    Qui posted bond and was released later Saturday.

    A message left for comment with the chef's restaurant in Austin, also called Qui, was not immediately returned Monday.

    Austin360.com said Qui released a statement about the arrest charges:

    "On Saturday morning, I asked my friend to call the police to aid in an argument with my girlfriend that had escalated beyond my control. I was arrested and charged with two misdemeanors. I am innocent of the charge of assault," Qui wrote in an email.

    "This situation made me realize that I need to take more time for my health and myself. I will be checking myself into a treatment facility in the coming days and I am appreciative of the support of my family, friends and partners. Thank you for respecting my privacy."