Emma Roberts arrested for domestic violence

Actress and Julia Roberts‘ niece Emma Roberts was arrested in Montreal on July 7th for domestic violence against her American Horror Story star boyfriend Evan Peters, according to TMZ.

Apparently, somebody called the police to Roberts and Peters’ hotel room. When law enforcement arrived, they saw that Peters’ nose was bloody and he had a bite mark on him (though TMZ’s sources deny this), so Roberts was arrested right away. However, Peters did not want to press charges, leading to Roberts’ release shortly after.

In a statement to Us Weekly, their reps said this:

“It was an unfortunate incident and misunderstanding. Ms. Roberts was released after questioning and the couple are working together to move past it.”

Bloody noses and biting are not indicative of “an unfortunate incident,” nor a “misunderstanding.” We know better than that. This is a reminder that pretty, successful 22-year-old women can be abusive partners, too. While domestic violence is generally seen as a male-on-female crime, there are absolutely instances of it occurring in the opposite direction; it is equally sad, equally awful. Right now, until more details come to light, we can only hope that both will seek help for this.

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