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Philadelphia TV anchor arrested, charged with assault of girlfriend

Dray Clark. (Photo: NBC)

A Philadelphia television news anchor was arrested on Friday over allegations he harassed, threatened and choked his girlfriend.

Dray Clark, a news anchor at NBC station WCAU-TV (Channel 10), was charged with 16 criminal counts, including harassment, making criminal threats, assault and theft.

The arrest stemmed from a violent physical altercation that grew out of an argument at Clark’s suburban Philadelphia home, according to a police complaint. Clark’s girlfriend alleged the news anchor punched her several times and choked her outside of the home. The couple eventually went inside where Clark continued the beating, according to the report.

The report filed on Friday said Clark was also arrested last weekend in Delaware on similar allegations of violence against his girlfriend.

On Friday, WCAU issued a statement saying Clark would be off the air indefinitely as the station and police continue to investigate the matter.

“Station management learned today that Dray Clark was arrested on both domestic violence related cases,”a station executive said. “We take these allegations very seriously.”

Clark was arraigned on criminal charges Friday afternoon. He remained in custody as of Friday evening.