It's time for Yanni to face the music.
The New Age icon was arrested at his Manalapan, Florida, home early Friday after an alleged domestic dispute with his girlfriend of nearly two years. Yanni, born John Yanni Christopher, faces a domestic battery charge stemming from the altercation.
According to the police report, the fight broke out when the Grammy-winning musician ordered his girlfriend to leave his Palm Beach-area home late Thursday night. Silvia Barthes, 33, said she was in the process of packing her things when Yanni threw all her clothes out of the closet.
According to the police report, Yanni then grabbed her arms, shook her, threw her on the bed and jumped on top of her.
Barthes also claims he slapped her; police reportedly found her with a swollen and bloody lip, though Barthes said she may have struck herself while she was being shaken.
Police arrived at the oceanfront home after Barthes called 911 from inside a locked bathroom.
For his part, Yanni, 51, admitted there had been an argument, but said he only grabbed Barthes after she kicked him in the groin. According to the police report, he also complained that he may have injured his middle finger in the scuffle, but denied ever striking his girlfriend.
After weighing the evidence, police arrested the musician on the misdemeanor charge of domestic battery.
"These allegations are cruel, false, without merit and baseless," Yanni said in a statement released through his manager, Danny O'Donovan. "At a more appropriate time and place, I hope and pray I will have an opportunity to address my fans and colleagues all over the world."
Yanni's lawyer, Orlando Gonzalez, also denies Barthes' account of the evening, and accused her of fabricating the story to damage his client's reputation.
"He is absolutely not guilty and did not strike that woman," Gonzalez told the Miami Herald. "The last thing this man would want to do is hurt his hands."
Gonzalez further added that the lover's quarrel was witnessed by several members of Yanni's house staff and that, if necessary, they could dispute Barthes' timeline of events.
Yanni and Barthes have been dating since 2004, and she moved in last December. Barthes said the couple was having dinner together on Thursday night, which was when Yanni first asked her to move out.
The Greek-born musician spent 12 hours at the Palm Beach County Jail before being released Friday afternoon. No bond was required for his release, though he has been barred from contact with Barthes and must check in daily with court workers.
The state attorney's office will review the case and determine whether any charges will be filed against the performer.