Austin chef and restaurateur Paul Qui was arrested Saturday morning (March 19) accused of assaulting his girlfriend, according to an arrest affidavit.

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.”