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Domestic Abuse Charges Against Yanni Dropped

Domestic abuse charges against international music star Yanni have been dropped, according to The Palm Beach Post.

Prosecutors in Palm Beach County declined to comment on why the charges against the 51-year-old pianist were withdrawn, the Post reported.

The Greek-born Yanni was arrested Mar. 3 at his house in Manalapan, Fla., for allegedly hitting his girlfriend.

Yanni, whose real name is John Y. Christopher, was arrested on a first-degree misdemeanor charge of domestic battery after girlfriend Silvia Barthes, 33, called 911 from a bathroom during an argument.

When authorities arrived, she said the musician had shaken and slapped her, then threw her on a bed and jumped on her when he ordered her to move out of his $7.7 million oceanfront home, according to the police report.

Her lip was swollen and bloody, according to the report, but she told officers she thought she might have hit herself when Yanni shook her.

Yanni admitted arguing with his girlfriend but denied striking her. He claimed Barthes kicked him during the scuffle.

"Essentially, it came down to a 'he said, she said,"' Mike Edmondson, a spokesman for the state attorney in Palm Beach County, said Friday. "The alleged event took place behind closed doors without any independent witnesses or evidence to support the charge."

In a statement, Yanni said, "The allegations claimed were always false and completely without any merit."

It wasn't immediately clear who was representing Barthes. Her phone number wasn't listed.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.