MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A Memphis reporter has been arrested and charged with domestic assault.
Scott Madaus, 42, a reporter with FOX 13, was arrested Saturday night.
According to an affidavit, he and the victim began fighting at his Midtown home after drinking a few glasses of wine, which upset the victim because Madaus had been sober for 20 days.
The victim, who told police that Madaus “drinks often and has anger issues,” told Madaus she was leaving to stay with a friend and locked herself in a room.
That’s when, according to the affidavit, Madaus stood in front of the door, and the victim asked him, “What are you doing? Are you not going to let me leave?”
She told police she heard the slide of a handgun racking before Madaus began punching and kicking the door. Once inside, Madaus allegedly pushed her and began vandalizing the room.
When officers arrived, they reported seeing the home vandalized and observing a scratch on the victim’s neck. According to the affidavit, Madaus was standing behind the bar in the kitchen. He became irate and yelled at officers, “Get out of my house! You’re not allowed to be here!”
Madaus posted bond on Sunday morning. He is expected to be in court Monday morning.
In a statement on the Fox 13 website, a WHBQ manager said the station had no comment.