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REPORT: Former Dodgers Star Pitcher Julio Urías Facing Domestic Battery Charges

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Former star Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Julio Urías is facing five misdemeanor charges in LA for an incident where he allegedly abused his spouse in May, the Los Angeles City Attorney’s (LACA) office told the The Athletic.

The LACA’s office charged Urías with one count of spousal battery, two counts of domestic battery in relation to a dating arrangement, one count of false imprisonment and one count of assault, according to the outlet.

Urías was initially arrested in September and early reports claimed he was charged with felony domestic abuse, but the LA District Attorney decided not to file the charges, The Athletic previously reported.

He was arrested for an incident where he allegedly pushed his spouse “against a fence and pulled her by the hair or shoulders,” outside of the city’s BMO soccer stadium, according to LA county records obtained by the outlet.

After the DA elected not to charge him with a felony, the office reportedly referred his case to the City Attorney’s office, where he now appears to be facing five misdemeanor charges. He is to be arraigned May 2, according to The Athletic. (RELATED: MLB Team Cuts Veteran Pitcher Four Days After Signing Him)

This isn’t the first time the troubled former star has faced domestic charges. The MLB suspended him for 20 games in 2019 after he was arrested for allegedly shoving a woman to the ground, The Athletic reported. The City Attorney ultimately declined to file charges against him, sentencing him to counseling instead, according to The Associated Press.

The MLB reportedly placed Urías on indefinite administrative leave in September following his most recent arrest.