Content Warning- Top Chef’s Justin Sutherland Allegedly Assaulted Girlfriend And Threatened To “Shoot” Her

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Season 16 Top Chef contestant, Justin Sutherland, faces criminal charges for allegedly threatening to shoot his girlfriend and squeezing her neck. According to court documents obtained by Page Six, Justin was arrested in St. Paul, Minnesota. He was “charged with one count of felony threats of violence — reckless disregard risk, according to a statement of probable cause.”

The allegations:

“The criminal complaint claims the victim told police that Sutherland, 39, pointed a gun at her and struck her in the chest with it, allegedly shouting, ‘Don’t come back here or I am going to shoot you.’ The woman, whose name is anonymous in light of the alleged domestic violence, further claimed to officers that the Fast Foodies star put his hands around her neck and squeezed for several seconds.”

“While he allegedly strangled her, Sutherland said, ‘I could kill you,’ according to the probable cause document. The complaint also states Sutherland denied making threats against his girlfriend.”

Innocent until proven guilty:

In a written statement, The Food Network star wrote, “Over the weekend I found myself in a situation where I was taken into custody and accused of a crime. I deeply regret putting myself in that position and the pain and distress caused to those around me. I am innocent of these charges and look forward to using the judicial system to prove my innocence.”

Sutherland’s attorney, John Daly, also claimed the woman’s allegations are “riddled with falsehoods.”

“Mr. Sutherland vehemently denies all the allegations in the complaint,” Daly told People in a statement. “He never threatened to shoot anyone.” Furthermore, Chef Justin “did not physically assault his girlfriend. He looks forward to the truth coming out as the court process unfolds.”

The apology:

While Justin denies the allegations made in the complaint, he realizes he needs to made adjustments to his life.  “I sincerely apologize to my family, friends, and fans. Notwithstanding, this incident has made me realize the urgent need to seek professional help and make significant changes in my life. I am committed to making amends and seeking treatment.”

“Once again, I offer my sincerest apologies to everyone affected by my behavior.” Justin was thankful for those being “understanding during this difficult time.”

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