PARK CITY, Utah - The CEO of a California company is accused of assaulting one of the stars of the now-canceled ABC Family reality show "Beverly Hills Nannies" at his Utah vacation home.
Summit County prosecutors say they've charged 51-year-old Patrick Henry with assault, damaging or interrupting a communication device, and criminal mischief. He's set to be arraigned March 18.
Authorities allege that Henry was hosting Ariane Bellamar at his home Jan. 23 when he assaulted her and threw her phone to the ground when she tried to call for help. Police say the phone's screen was cracked in the encounter.
Bellamar told the celebrity news website Radar Online that she met Henry on a dating website and joined him on a trip to the Sundance film festival. Bellamar claims Henry became angry and jealous when his friends paid too much attention to her.
Henry is the CEO of the San Diego tech company Entropic Communications Inc. He issued a statement published by the Los Angeles Times saying Bellamar was drunk at the time and the assault accusations are false.
10News contacted Summit County Attorney David Brickey, who said evidence was taken from Bellamar at the hospital where she was transported after the attack. Some of that evidence may be photos of the cuts and bruises that are now posted online.
10News contacted Entropic Communications hoping for a comment from Henry. The company released this statement: "Entropic is aware of the personal matter concerning Patrick Henry. The Company's Board of Directors continues to review the situation and does not intend to comment further at this time."
A spokesperson for Sitrick and Company, which represents Henry, sent this statement: "The statements made by Ms. Bellamar are not consistent with the facts. Mr. Henry did not attack or assault her. Ms. Bellamar had been drinking heavily and was intoxicated before dinner; she continued to drink during and after dinner. We are confident that when the facts come out, they will validate that Mr. Henry neither attacked nor assaulted her."
If convicted, he faces the maximum six months in jail and a $3,000 fine.