The musician faces a domestic battery charge, according to a police report.
“These allegations are cruel, false, without merit and baseless,” the singer said in a statement. “At a more appropriate time and place, I hope and pray I will have an opportunity to address my fans and colleagues all over the world.”
Yanni’s girlfriend, Silvia Barthes, told police that the musician grabbed her arms and shook her, threw her on the bed and jumped on top of her.
Yanni told police she kicked him and he might have injured his finger.