The chef was released on $20,000 bail

March 21, 2016 04:20 PM
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brightcove.createExperiences(); Top Chef winner Paul Qui was arrested Saturday in Austin after his girlfriend accused him of assault, according to an arrest affidavit obtained by PEOPLE.

Officers responded to a disturbance at 7:46 a.m. Saturday at Qui’s apartment after one of the chef’s friends called police to report that the chef and his girlfriend were fighting and breaking things inside the apartment.

According to the arrest affidavit, officers found Qui, 35, with “blood all over his face, arms, legs and clothing.” They say they discovered his girlfriend crying and holding her young son. Qui’s girlfriend told police the couple had been dating for one year and living together for eight months.

She told officers that night Qui had friends over and the group had been using alcohol, cocaine, Xanax and marijuana. The girlfriend said she had been asleep with her son when Qui and the friends came to the apartment, and they asked her to join the partying and she complied, having a few drinks.

According to police, the girlfriend said that Qui was intoxicated and became jealous of his friends, accusing them of flirting with her and trying to convince her to have group sex. He eventually kicked his friends out and allegedly “became enraged and starting knocking over furniture,” according to the arrest affidavit.

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According to the police affidavit, the girlfriend said she tried to leave the apartment with her son, but that Qui would not allow her to leave, and allegedly pushed his girlfriend and her son away from the door and then threw her against the walls and doors.

An arresting officer said he noticed a cut on the woman’s forearm and brusiing on her arms, and reported her jaw was “slightly puffy and swollen.” According to the officer, Qui admitted to knocking over the furniture and to not allowing his girlfriend to leave, because he wanted her to be there when officers arrived so they could see the damage in the apartment and that he could tell his side of the story.

Qui, who won Top Chef in 2011, owns qui restaurant in Austin. Qui and a rep for the restaurant did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Qui was arrested on charges of unlawful restraint and assault causing bodily injury to a family member, a public information officer for the Travis County Sheriff’s Office told PEOPLE. He was released on Saturday on $20,000 bond.

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