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‘Opie And Anthony’ Ex-Host Charged After Woman Live Streams Alleged Assault

Anthony Cumia was arrested shortly after his 26-year-old girlfriend accused him of breaking her hand in a Periscope video.

A radio shock jock who co-hosted the “Opie and Anthony” show is facing assault charges after a woman, who is reportedly his girlfriend, uploaded a live video to Periscope over the weekend showing them tussling in his New York home.

In a nearly two-minute video streamed by Periscope user "DaniGolightly" Saturday, a woman repeatedly accuses Anthony Cumia of having broken her hand.

“Hi, I’m in Long Island, I got my hand broken, I’m waiting for police to come,” she says, before dramatically breaking away and screaming.

"Oh my God, don't hit me again! Stay away from me!" she continues, while a man's voice is heard in the background. “I tried to call the police, but he turned the phone off.”

Anthony Cumia, who co-hosted the "Opie and Anthony" show, is seen in a video allegedly taken inside his Long Island home over
Anthony Cumia, who co-hosted the "Opie and Anthony" show, is seen in a video allegedly taken inside his Long Island home over the weekend.

Prosecutors say the 54-year-old talk show host "stomped" on his girlfriend's hand, strangled her and pinned her against a wall following an argument at his Roslyn Heights home, according to court documents obtained by News Day.

The 26-year-old woman, identified as Danielle Brand, allegedly suffered a fractured rib, swollen arm and chest pain from the incident.

In the video, which appears broken up into two parts, Cumia is heard asking her to leave his home and then later inviting her to do karaoke with him. At one point he expresses concern that she may trip and fall down.

Beer cans appear to litter the home. Cumia is also seen holding one as he enthusiastically welcomes viewers to the “Anthony and Dani show.”

A 26-year-old woman identified as Danielle Brand accuses Cumia of breaking her hand in a Periscope video.
A 26-year-old woman identified as Danielle Brand accuses Cumia of breaking her hand in a Periscope video.

According to the court documents, when Brand tried to call the police Cumia allegedly smashed her cell phone. At some point she broke his as well.

It wasn't until later that Brand was able to call her stepmother for help after being taken to a diner, prosecutors said.

“Things are often not what they seem to be,” Cumia’s attorney, Alan J. Schwartz, said in a statement following his client’s courthouse appearance Sunday, when he pleaded not guilty to charges of strangulation, criminal mischief, unlawful imprisonment and assault.

“Mr. Cumia emphatically denies the allegations brought against him, and is optimistic that when the truth comes out, he will be exonerated,” he said.

Cumia was released without bail and is due back in court in January.

Cumia, 54, pleaded not guilty to charges of strangulation, criminal mischief, unlawful imprisonment and assault on Sunday.
Cumia, 54, pleaded not guilty to charges of strangulation, criminal mischief, unlawful imprisonment and assault on Sunday.

Sirius XM satellite radio fired Cumia last year over tweets that were described by the company as “racially charged and hate-filled.”

Since last summer he's hosted an online, paid subscription show called "The Anthony Cumia Show."

Some of his fans came to his defense on an "Opie and Anthony Addicts" Facebook page over the weekend, and many criticized his alleged victim.

"He needs to stop hanging out with this class of women!!!!! God forbid he gets in trouble for this he could loose all his guns. Ugh Anthony!!!!!!" Michelle Contillo wrote.

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