Police investigate reports Ashley Cole ‘threw champagne over TV host’
Detectives are investigating a complaint of criminal battery against Chelsea footballer Ashley Cole in Los Angeles, police have confirmed.
The Premier League star allegedly threw champagne over TV presenter Donatella Panayiotou (inset right) during a night out at Hollywood nightclub Lure, according to reports.
A spokeswoman for the Los Angeles Police Department confirmed they had received a battery complaint against Cole.
“A battery report has been assigned to detectives from the Hollywood division,” she said.
Police have 30 days to investigate the complaint, which they received on May 31, before deciding whether to press charges, the spokeswoman said.
Cole (33) was with a group of friends, including former team-mate Shaun Wright-Phillips, when the alleged incident happened, one newspaper reported.
A spokesman for Chelsea said it was a “private matter” and declined to comment.
Cole, who split with ex-wife Cheryl in 2010, announced he was retiring from international football last month after he was left out of Roy Hodgson’s World Cup squad.
The left back’s contract with Chelsea is reportedly due to expire this summer.