Punk rock icon Duane Peters pleaded not guilty Monday to a charge of felony domestic violence for allegedly assaulting his girlfriend in their Long Beach home.
Dressed in a green plaid sport coat over a red plaid shirt, the heavily tattooed Peters, 52, appeared briefly in Long Beach Superior Court for an arraignment on one count of willful infliction of corporal injury.
The former pro skateboarder and the lead singer of punk rock band U.S. Bombs was arrested at his home in the 4000 block of East Third Street on Feb. 9 after he reportedly became angry with his girlfriend and assaulted her, according to a statement from the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office. Authorities said neighbors heard the commotion and were able to restrain Peters until police arrived.
Standing outside of the courthouse on Monday, his attorney Alex Fuqua said Peters is innocent and plans to fight the case.
“By all accounts, the people I’ve talked with all say that Duane is a very nice guy,” Fuqua said. “He’s passionate about his art and music. He’s a sweet man.”
Fuqua said Peters doesn’t have any previous charges of domestic violence on his record.
If convicted, Peters could face up to four years in state prison, authorities said. He is scheduled to appear in court for a preliminary hearing on April 9.
Known as the “Master of Disaster,” Peters is an Orange County native and singer for Orange County-based U.S. Bombs, which was founded in 1993. He also is a professional skateboarder and credited with inventing several skateboarding tricks.
In 2011, he was featured in the documentary “The Other F Word,” about the lives of veteran punk rockers as they adapt to fatherhood. In the documentary, Peters talks about the death of his 20-year-old son, Chess Peters, who was killed in a car crash in Westminster in 2007.
BY KELLY PUENTE / ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER
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