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So You Think You Can Dance winner Joshua Allen faces domestic abuse charges

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So You Think You Can Dance season 4 winner Joshua Allen, who was supposed to appear in the current season of the Fox reality competition series, is facing domestic violence charges for allegedly assaulting his girlfriend, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced in a press release Thursday. Allen, 27, faces two felony counts of willfully injuring his girlfriend after a prior conviction and one felony count of assault with a deadly weapon, a glass vase. 

According to the prosecutors, the most recent incident reportedly happened on June 19 when Allen allegedly attacked his girlfriend. The prosecutors say he allegedly followed her when she ran to a nearby coffee shop for help and threw a glass vase at a woman who tried to assist her. He also attacked a man who tried to help his girlfriend and vandalized the coffee shop, the prosecutors added. Allen now faces one additional misdemeanor count each of simple battery and vandalism under $400.

The criminal complaint also alleges that Allen was convicted of one misdemeanor count of willfully injuring his girlfriend in January. After that incident, a criminal protective order was issued, which prohibited him from communicating with his girlfriend. According to the prosecutors, Allen allegedly attacked and strangled his girlfriend on April 13. At this time, Allen also faces two misdemeanor counts of disobeying a domestic relations criminal protective order.

Prosecutors plan to ask for $270,000 bail. If convicted, Allen is looking at a maximum sentence of over ten years in a state prison. 

During So You Think You Can Dance’s first live show on Tuesday, it was announced that Allen, who was supposed to be an all-star/mentor in the current season, had left the show. At the time of the announcement, no reason was given for his departure. Fox hasn’t confirmed whether the criminal charges were the reason for Allen being replaced, and has yet to return EW’s request for comment.

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