WARWICK, R.I. (WPRI) — Former professional boxer Vinny Paz faced a judge Thursday after he was arrested at his Warwick home.
Paz, 55, pleaded no contest to one count of domestic assault against his girlfriend and was released. He was given one year of probation and a one-year suspended sentence, which will be served at the ACI if he violates his probation. He was also ordered to have no contact with the victim.
A friend of Paz who was bringing him home told Eyewitness News she’s getting him help for alcohol abuse. Signing autographs outside court, Paz said he does not have an alcohol problem.
“Nothing happened. I’m always innocent,” Paz said.
Only Eyewitness News was there as Paz was led out of his Tivoli Court home in handcuffs and taken away in a police cruiser just before 4 a.m. Thursday.
According to Warwick Police Capt. Michael Gilbert, officers were called to the house for a domestic incident involving Paz and his girlfriend around 3 a.m. A relative of the girlfriend called the police after he said she reached out and said Paz assaulted her.
Gilbert said when officers arrived on the scene Paz refused to come to the door and shut off all the lights inside the house.
He said out of an abundance of caution officers then forced their way into the house through the garage door.
According to a release from Warwick police, Paz and his girlfriend were found in the bedroom and both showed signs of having been involved in a physical altercation.
A short time after Paz was placed in a cruiser and his girlfriend was taken from the house on a stretcher, covered with a sheet. Gilbert said she suffered “relatively minor” facial injuries and is expected to be OK.
This most recent incident could impact a previous arrest by violating the terms of Paz’s bail. In January, a warrant was issued for his arrest for a felony assault of his friend, Nathaniel Lavoie. That case is still pending.