UPDATE: A grand jury will weigh the evidence against Food Network star Darnell Ferguson in his domestic violence case.
The grand jury hearing is scheduled for the week of February 19.
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Ferguson’s lawyer Krsna Tibbs gave a statement to People.
“Mr. Ferguson continues to maintain his complete innocence and is confident that when all the facts are made public, he will be exonerated. While (Thursday’s) hearing was preliminary, a number of new details were introduced by the Louisville police that begin to paint a clear picture of the events of January 2, 2024.
“Right now, Mr. Ferguson is 100% focused on the well-being and safety of his family and asks that his children’s privacy be maintained.”
Ferguson is out on bail.
EARLIER: Food Network star Darnell Ferguson, the host of reality show Superchef Grudge Match, was arrested Tuesday in Kentucky on a warrant related to a domestic violence case, police said.
Ferguson has been charged with burglary, strangulation, assault, terroristic threatening, menacing, criminal mischief, and theft of a stolen debit or credit card, St. Matthews police said in a statement Wednesday.
Authorities declined to comment further.
NBC affiliate WAVE of Louisville reported on an emergency protective order filed against Ferguson. The order alleges that he entered a woman’s home without permission, choked her, and threatened to kill her.
Ferguson competed on three seasons of Tournament of Champions, hosted by Guy Fieri, and is a frequent judge on Chopped and Guy’s Grocery Games.
He also appeared on OWN’s The Big Holiday Food Fight and Food Fantasies.
Food Network has not commented on the Ferguson arrest.
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