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Anthony Cumia of Opie and Anthony Pleads Not Guilty to Strangling a Woman

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Radio personality Anthony Cumia on Monday pleaded not guilty to strangulation and other charges stemming from his alleged attack on a woman at his New York home, his lawyer said.

The 54-year-old former Opie and Anthony co-host has been released without bail following his Sunday arraignment on charges of strangulation, criminal mischief, assault and unlawful imprisonment, attorney Alan Schwartz said in a statement to TIME.

“Mr. Cumia emphatically denies the allegations brought against him, and is optimistic that when the truth comes out, he will be exonerated,” Schwartz said. “Simply put, things are not always what they appear to be, and this case is a perfect example of that.”

The incident took place about 11 a.m. Saturday in Roslyn Heights, L.I, a Nassau County Police Department spokeswoman said. The 26-year-old woman’s injuries and identity were not released. Her relationship with Cumia is unclear.

Cumia is due back in court in January.

Sirius XM fired Cumia from the show in 2014 after he tweeted racially charged remarks that the company called “abhorrent.” He now hosts his own online talk show called The Anthony Cumia Show.

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