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NY Mets pitcher faces domestic violence charge in New Jersey

Sep 7, 2016; Cincinnati, OH, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Jeurys Familia throws against the Cincinnati Reds during the ninth inning at Great American Ball Park.

Sep 7, 2016; Cincinnati, OH, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Jeurys Familia throws against the Cincinnati Reds during the ninth inning at Great American Ball Park.  (David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports)

A New York Mets pitcher featured in a new anti-domestic violence ad campaign is now facing a domestic violence charge in New Jersey.

A complaint filed by authorities in Fort Lee municipal court alleges that Jeurys Familia caused "bodily injury to another" and that they observed a scratch to the victim's chest and a bruise to the victim's right cheek. It says the 27-year-old Familia — who is identified in the complaint as Jeurys F. Mojica — was arrested early Monday and charged with simple assault. Major League Baseball confirmed Familia's extended last name is Mojica.

The All-Star pitcher, the married father of a year-old boy, serves as the Mets closer.

Familia's agent declined comment on the matter. The Mets issued a statement that said "the matter was brought to our attention and we are monitoring the situation."

The matter was first reported by The Record newspaper.