Joshua Allen, the So You Think You Can Dance: The Next Generation mentor and season four winner, did not appear on the show Monday, and was replaced by another SYTYCD alumnus. Today, he was charged with domestic violence, including three felony counts.
The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office said in a press release that he “faces two felony counts of willfully injuring a girlfriend after a prior conviction and one felony count of assault with a deadly weapon, a glass vase,” and “with two misdemeanor counts of disobeying a domestic relations criminal protective order and one misdemeanor count each of simple battery and vandalism under $400.”
The charges relate to incidents in April and June. The DA’s office’s statement said:
“The criminal complaint alleges a prior Jan. 13 conviction of one misdemeanor count of willfully injuring a girlfriend for which a criminal protective order was issued prohibiting the defendant from communicating with his girlfriend.
On April 13, Allen is alleged to have assaulted and strangled the same woman, prosecutors said. Approximately two months later, on June 19, while facing prosecution for the alleged April 13 incident, the defendant reportedly attacked the same victim and she ran to a nearby coffee shop to ask for help, prosecutors added.
Allen allegedly chased her into the coffee shop and threw a glass vase at a woman who attempted to help the victim and attacked another man who also tried to intervene, prosecutors said. According to the criminal complaint, the defendant then vandalized the coffee shop until he was finally subdued by other good Samaritans, prosecutors added.
If convicted as charged, Allen faces a possible maximum sentence of more than ten years in state prison.”
On Monday’s episode, the first live show, Cat Deeley said Josh had been replaced by Marko as Sheaden’s partner, but gave no reason.
When executive producer and judge Nigel Lythgoe was asked for an explanation by a fan, he wrote on Twitter,
“As far as I am aware his decision was private. I would suggest, therefore, that you ask Joshua.”