Actor Morocco Omari was arrested this week in Chicago and accused of misdemeanor domestic battery after a woman claimed he shoved her to the ground
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Editor’s note: This story was originally published on April 6, 2017. On Friday, actor Morocco Omari was acquitted of his domestic violence charge in Chicago, according to the Chicago Tribune and the Chicago Sun-Times.

“Anyone who truly knows me knows I would never raise my hand to a woman,” he told the Tribune. Omari’s character on Empire was killed off in an episode that was filmed before he was charged. The original story on Omari’s 2017 arrest is below.

Empire actor Morocco Omari was arrested this week in Chicago and accused of misdemeanor domestic battery after a woman claimed he shoved her to the ground, police tell PEOPLE.

Omari’s publicist dismissed the allegation as “blatantly false” and said he was “extremely confident” that the actor “will be completely vindicated in this matter.”

Chicago police say they responded to a call about 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, where a 24-year-old woman told officers that Omari had allegedly pushed her down to the ground multiple times during a verbal argument.

The woman said she suffered scratches to her chest and neck, according to police. Her relationship to Omari, 46, was not immediately clear.

Omari was arrested Wednesday and charged with misdemeanor domestic battery, police said.

They said he was scheduled to appear in court on Thursday, but his publicist tells PEOPLE that Omari has not appeared before a judge to enter a plea.

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In a statement, Omari’s publicist said the actor “would like to thank his fans for their support,” adding, “[Omari] was brought up by his mother and grandmother and is the proud father of two minor daughters. He has long been an advocate of anti-violence against women.”

“He has never displayed any hint of violence toward women and never will,” the publicist continued. “Violence against women simply isn’t in Omari’s DNA.”

Omari plays Empire‘s Tariq Cousins, an FBI agent and the half-brother of Terrence Howard’s Lucious Lyon.

He has previously appeared on Homeland and Person of Interest, among other series.