Celebrated Austin chef Paul Qui was arrested Saturday morning and charged with assault, as reported by the Statesman. This afternoon Qui released a statement about the arrest and charges.

"On Saturday morning, I asked my friend to call the police to aid in an argument with my girlfriend that had escalated beyond my control. I was arrested and charged with two misdemeanors. I am innocent of the charges of assault," wrote in an email.

"This situation made me realize that I need to take more time for my health and myself. I will be checking myself into a treatment facility in the coming days and I am appreciative of the support of my family, friends and partners. Thank you for respecting my privacy."