Former “Teen Mom” star Jenelle Evans’ ex-fiance Nathan Griffith, 35, was charged with domestic battery by strangulation in Florida on Friday, February 24, according to Palm Beach County Court records.
The news was first reported by TMZ. Heavy has reached out to the Delray Beach Police Department for a copy of the arrest report but has not yet received it.
Here’s what you need to know:
Police Arrested Nathan Griffith After He Was Accused of Choking His Girlfriend
According to legal documents obtained by TMZ, police responded to a call from Griffith’s brother-in-law, named as William, on February 24. William said Griffith had called and told him he “choked his girlfriend and dragged her up the stairs,” the outlet reported. William told police he then texted Griffith’s girlfriend “to ask if she was ok — and she replied, ‘no,'” the outlet reported.
Griffith was at first uncooperative with police, saying William was “on drugs” and that scratches on his neck and back were from having sex with his girlfriend, according to TMZ. His girlfriend was also initially uncooperative, the outlet reported, but later said Griffith was “physically aggressive” with her and she had “blacked out.”
According to Palm Beach County jail inmate records and court records, Griffith was booked at 4:25 a.m. Eastern time on February 24 and was released the following day at 2:42 p.m. on a $2,500 bond. He was ordered to have no contact with the victim, the records show, and is set for arraignment on March 30 on the felony charge of domestic battery by strangulation.
The victim has not been named publicly by officials. Griffith was previously involved with May Oyola in April 2022, Us Weekly reported.
Heavy has reached out to Griffith for comment but did not hear back immediately.
Nathan Griffith Was Charged With Criminal Domestic Violence in 2015
Griffith’s February 24 charge is not the first time the reality TV star has had trouble with the law.
E! News reported that Griffith was charged with one count of Criminal Domestic Violence after an altercation with then-girlfriend Jenelle Evans in South Carolina in March 2015.
The Horry County Police Department released a statement to E! News explaining the events leading up to the incident.
“At about 4:15 p.m. today, Horry County Police Officers responded to a residence on Eagle Creek Drive, in the Myrtle Beach section of Horry County, for a domestic disturbance,” the police told E! News in 2015.
Police told E! News that officers had “investigated and determined that an assault had taken place” following an argument between two household members.
Griffith was taken into custody, E! News reported.
Jenelle Evans & Nathan Griffith Relationship Timeline
Evans met Griffith on Tinder in 2013 after her split from Courtland Rogers, Us Weekly reported.
The two welcomed a son, Kaiser, together in June 2014 and got engaged seven months later in January 2015, while vacating in St. Thomas, Us Weekly reported.
Evans gushed to MTV about her proposal, telling the network Griffith made a “big speech” before popping the question.
“[Nathan] just tapped his glass, stood up in front of the whole restaurant, and made this big speech,” she said. “How he loves me, he wants to be with me for the rest of his life. And he’s really happy. And then he got down on one knee and proposed in front of everyone.”
The “16 and Pregnant” alum said she was “completely shocked” by the proposal.
The relationship took a turn for the worse in 2015 after Griffith was arrested and charged with domestic violence.
The two briefly split after the altercation but reconnected in June 2015, Us Weekly reported.
They split for good in August 2015, according to Entertainment Tonight, who broke the story.