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Austin 'Top Chef' winner Paul Qui arrested, accused of assaulting girlfriend

Paul Qui, the season 9 winner of Bravo's "Top Chef" and owner of several Austin restaurants, was arrested on Saturday, accused of assaulting his girlfriend (Photo: Austin Police Department)

Paul Qui, an Austin chef, restaurant owner and former "Top Chef" contestant, was arrested for assaulting his girlfriend on Saturday morning, according to an affidavit.

Qui, the winner of season 9 of Bravo's "Top Chef,"is the owner of qui restaurant and co-creator ofEast Side King.

The report says that police responded to a call at Qui's East Austin apartment in the 1000 block of E. 5th Street around 7:46 a.m. Police say the call came from Qui's friend, who told police that his friend and girlfriend were fighting.

Upon arrival, police say they were able to hear yelling and screaming coming from inside before the door was opened.

According to the affidavit, officers noticed blood all over Qui's face, arms, legs and clothing when he opened the door, and a woman inside was crying and holding a small child.

Police say the apartment was in "complete disarray" when they arrived, with broken glass, overturned furniture and blood smeared on the walls and floor.

In court documents, the victim said that she was sleeping with her son when Qui arrived at the apartment with his friends and started drinking alcohol and taking drugs. The victim says Qui woke her up and asked her to join the party, to which she agreed. The victim said she had a couple of drinks, and then Qui became intoxicated and accused his friends of flirting with her and trying to entice her into group sex. Qui then kicked his friends out.


According to the report, the victim told police Qui is "very controlling and extremely jealous."

The victim said an enraged Qui started knocking over furniture and breaking glass. The victim tried to grab some of her things and leave with her son, but Qui blocked the door and pushed her and her son away, the report states.

Police say Qui then picked the victim up and threw her against the wall and door, telling her she wasn't going to leave.

Qui is charged with assault causing bodily injury to a family member and unlawful restraint, both Class A misdemeanors.

According to the Texas Council on Family Violence, last year there were 200,000 calls to law enforcement because homes were unsafe and facing the threat of domestic and family violence. They add, 84,000 people --mainly women and children-- sought shelter from domestic violence while 132 women were killed by an intimate partner.

The Texas Council on Family Violence could not comment on specific incidents but shares their knowledge of domestic violence in our community as a whole.

"For any one of these violent episodes where you see there has been some level of significant of injury or modest injury... there has been a history that has happened before it," explains Gloria Terry, CEO at the Texas Council on Family Violence. Terry says society tends to discount domestic violence as a personal issue or simply an argument. "You see these dynamics present and most of us just tend to shy away, but this is a time to really pay attention and offer some help. Point people in the right direction," she says.

Terry says, anyone who needs to talk about a domestic violence issue they are facing can contact the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE. All conversations are confidential.


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