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Abdul Alleges Assault at Party

April 07, 2006|Richard Winton | Times Staff Writer

Los Angeles police detectives are investigating a report by "American Idol" judge Paula Abdul that a man threw her against a wall and left her with spinal injuries and a concussion after they argued at a private party over the weekend on a Hollywood studio lot.

Police Lt. Paul Vernon said the incident, alleged to have occurred about 1 a.m. Sunday at a private party at Sunset Boulevard and Gower Street, is being investigated as a battery case.

Authorities did not reveal the name of the man Abdul accused of injuring her, saying that the investigation was still underway.

"She said the man grabbed her arm and threw her up against a wall," Vernon said. "She complained she suffered a concussion and spinal injuries."

Abdul told investigators she had argued with the man, he added.

Abdul made the report at the Hollywood Division police station at 9 p.m. Tuesday, accompanied by others, Vernon said.

Abdul told investigators she had sought medical treatment and "agreed to make herself available at a future date for her injuries to be photographed," Vernon said.

Her representatives declined to comment.

Sources familiar with the incident said the party was operated by Xenii, a private, exclusive membership society offering elite entertainment.

On the night in question, the event was held on a soundstage at the Sunset-Gower Studios.

Xenii officials declined to comment.

Abdul is a Grammy Award winner best known these days as one of three judges on Fox's "American Idol," a nationwide competition for singing talent.

Abdul appeared on the show Tuesday and Wednesday.

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