Yang, whose driver’s license is at left, was charged with simple assault, harassment and disorderly conduct.
She told Whitemarsh police that Howard had choked her, thrown her to the ground and punched her in the eye, then told his girlfriend, "F--- this, I’m going to jail for this tonight." In a handwritten statement to police, Yang wrote that during their argument she told Howard that he had given her herpes and says he acknowledged doing so.
Howard’s attorney, Edwin Guyer, did not return a phone call Wednesday, and Howard’s talent manager did not return a request for comment about the herpes allegation or Yang’s statement that Howard had struck her repeatedly.
McAuliffe said he has "never seen such a one-sided affidavit" and believes that Whitemarsh police gave Howard star treatment. McAuliffe was quick to point out Howard’s September 2001 arrest for allegedly punching his first wife, Lori, and his later pleading guilty to disturbing the peace. "My client is 5-1 and 100 pounds. He is 6-2 and close to 200 pounds. She didn’t attack him," McAuliffe said.
The police report states that there was a cut on Howard’s nose but also mentions bruising on Yang, who refused medical treatment when paramedics arrived on the scene. McAuliffe says he expects Howard to be present at the June 12 preliminary hearing.
Radio in his forecast?
John Bolaris joined Steve Martorano to host a two-hour radio show after Monday’s Phillies game on 1210 WPHT-AM.
The former Fox 29 meteorologist might be interested in a permanent job in radio as he doesn’t want to leave Philadelphia, where his daughter lives. "I went on there; I had some fun. If it becomes something, that’s great," Bolaris told us.
As for whether Bolaris is being considered for a regular slot at WPHT, which recently announced an all-local talk format, CBS Radio market manager Marc Rayfield, who doesn’t like to answer our questions, said: "WPHT is committed to serving the Delaware Valley with a wide array of compelling, local voices. It is always our goal to feature local talent fitting that description, on our booming 50,000-watt signal. Stay tuned."
Bolaris, meanwhile, is busy working on the Badges of Honor 5K Run to benefit the Survivor’s Fund, which aids the families of Philadelphia police and corrections officers, and firefighters who were killed in the line of duty. For info, go to BadgesofHonor5k.com.
Mural Arts honors Roots
Local hip-hop heroes the Roots will be honored at the Mural Arts Program’s Wall Ball gala May 31 at Vie (600 N. Broad), where Mayor Nutter will speak and state Sen. Vincent Hughes and his "Dreamgirl" wife, Sheryl Lee Ralph, will attend. The event, which includes a pre-reception hosted by chefs Jose Garces and Marc Vetri, will feature DJ Statik of the Illvibe Collective spinning and a Young Patrons Party featuring DJ Brendan Bring’em, with an after-party at Route 6. Mural Arts this year launched a project celebrating the Roots that includes an art-education program and an upcoming mural in the South Street area, where the group performed more than 20 years ago.
For tickets or info, visit muralarts.org/wallball or call 215-685-0759.
VIPs show Sixers love
Besides Allen Iverson, who wore a Lou Williams jersey, North Philly-native comedian/actor Kevin Hart, rapper Meek Mill, Eagles coach Andy Reid and running back LeSean McCoy were among the notables at the Sixers/Celtics game Wednesday.
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