Television host and singer Billy Crawford was arrested and detained after he allegedly went berserk inside a police station in Taguig City (Metro Manila) on Sunday.
Reports said Crawford, apparently drunk, arrived at the Taguig Police Community Precinct 7 (PCP-7) at the Bonifacio Global City around 4 a.m. with an unidentified woman to complain about “personal matters.”
When the duty officers at the station told Crawford that he will be accompanied to the Taguig City police headquarters, the TV host became unruly and allegedly kicked and shattered the police station’s glass sliding door.
The two policewomen on duty immediately called for assistance when they failed to pacify Crawford.
Responding policemen later subdued, handcuffed and detained Crawford.
The incident has turned into another TV network “war” between GMA 7 and ABS-CBN after the former reported that Crawford punched one of the two policewomen pacifying him. The singer, a talent of ABS-CBN, denied this.
Coleen Garcia, another talent of ABS-CBN and Crawford’s girlfriend twitted GMA news and said: “@gmanews Hi! Pls stop spreading lies. You and I both know that Billy didn’t punch anyone last night. I doubt that he would ever hit a woman.”
She added: “Pls don’t believe everything you read. It goes to show that not all sources are 100% reliable. Know the truth before jumping to conclusions.”
Interviewed by ABS-CBN’s radio station dzMM, Insp.Jonathan Aride, the PCP-7 chief said there was no punching or physical assault that occurred.
In a separate interview by the same radio station, Crawford apologized for the unfortunate incident even as he denied the report that he assaulted one of the policewomen in the police station. He admitted though that he was under the influence of alcohol at the time.
“It was my fault [but I didn’t hurt anyone, I didn’t push anyone, I only hit a mirror],” Crawford said.
“To be honest with you, I don’t see anything wrong with what I did. It was my fault for actually being aggressive. [Good that] it didn’t happen in a bar, it didn’t happen anywhere else. It happened in a precinct. The reason is [that]I knew for a fact I needed to be in a controlled environment. So as I said, I really apologize to the officers if I said anything derogatory or anything else,” he added.
Crawford will be charged with malicious mischief and resisting arrest, police said.