- Associated Press - Saturday, July 2, 2016

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Richland County deputies say Columbia City Councilman Moe Baddourah has been arrested after slamming his estranged wife’s leg in a car door during a child custody exchange.

Sheriff Leon Lott said in a news release that Baddourah turned himself in to deputies Saturday morning and was charged with second-degree criminal domestic violence.

Deputies said Baddourah argued with his wife on Wednesday in the parking lot of a restaurant before Baddourah slammed the door on his wife’s leg.

Baddourah said in a statement that he never physically assaulted his wife. He says they are going through an unpleasant divorce and she took his cellphone and was trying to lock her door when the incident happened.

The 53-year-old restaurant owner is in his second term on City Council.

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