Prosecutors in Summit County, Utah, have charged the chief executive of Entropic Communications Inc., a San Diego semiconductor company, with assaulting a model who appeared on the reality television show "Beverly Hills Nannies."
The criminal complaint, filed in Summit County Justice Court, alleges that Patrick Henry assaulted the woman Jan. 23 at a home near Park City, Utah. The case was investigated by the Summit County Sheriff's Department.
[Updated at 12:46 p.m. Feb. 12: Summit County Attorney David Brickey said his office filed three misdemeanor charges against Henry: assault, damaging a communication device and criminal mischief. The charges each carry a maximum sentence of six months in jail and a $1,000 fine.]
Ariane Bellamar, who appeared in several episodes of "Beverly Hills Nannies" with her now-estranged husband and the couple's daughter, told the celebrity news website RadarOnline.com that she met Henry through a dating website and accompanied him to Utah for the Sundance film festival.
The 35-year-old woman told the website that the trouble started the evening of Jan. 23 when Henry "started doing shots ... and became very jealous of the attention his friends were paying me."
Later that night, Bellamar said, Henry pulled her out of bed and assaulted her.
"I was woken up by Patrick dragging me by the hair.... He then proceeded to throw me multiple times into the concrete walls of the garage. I am bloodied and bruised all up and down my left side of my body and … right side. It was terrifying."
[Update: At one point during the assault, Henry took Bellamar's cellphone from her and threw it to the ground, smashing the glass screen and preventing her from calling 911, prosecutor Brickey said.]
Bellamar declined to speak to The Times.
Henry has been Entropic's chief executive since 2003, according to his biography on the company's website.
[Update: Henry released the following statement through a spokesman Wednesday afternoon: "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."]
On its website, Entropic said Henry is "a recognized leader in the connected home entertainment market [who] brings more than 25 years of high-tech and executive management experience to Entropic."
He has been recognized by Ernst & Young as "entrepreneur of the year" and was named "most admired CEO" by the San Diego Business Journal, Entropic said.
The company paid Henry $2.4 million in salary, stock and other compensation in 2012, according to Entropic's 2013 proxy statement. In an August regulatory filing, Henry said he owned 880,832 shares of the Entropic stock, which would be worth $3.7 million at Tuesday's closing price.
Entropic, which makes semiconductors used in home entertainment products, reported $322 million in revenue in 2012.
Entropic shares were up 2 cents, or 0.5%, to $4.19 in morning trading on Wednesday.