Eric Finkbeiner, the former senior advisor for policy to Governor Bob McDonnell and the architect of the administration's failed effort to privatize the state's ABC stores, has been arrested on four different assault charges and three violations of a protective order.
The accusations directed at Finkbeiner come from a woman named Summer Hudson who he admits to having a "tumultuous" relationship with.
Ms. Hudson, who is also facing charges that have yet to appear on the Chesterfield General District Court website, spoke on camera to our Chris Thomas. His story on the back and forth on this case will air tonight on NBC12 at 11.
Finkbeiner is currently a lawyer with his own law/consulting practice. His most high profile client is the Washington Redskins. He has been a key player in the negotiations to bring the Redskins training camp to Richmond.
He left the McDonnell administration in May of 2011 for a position at McGuireWoods Consulting LLC. He left McGuireWoods in late 2012 to start his own firm.
The four separate incidents happened over more than a year. The latest occured in late March of this year.
Finkbeiner appeared in Chesterfield District Court this afternoon where the case was continued. He will appear again on June 20th.
He is being represented by local defense attorney Todd Stone. Stone said his client is not guilty of the charges. He told me by phone that there is a "complete other side of the story" that will eventually come out in court.
UPDATE: Stone has followed up with a more complete statement:
"It is very easy to get a warrant against someone in Virginia and that's the reason people are presumed innocent at this stage. Fortunately Mr. Finkbeiner had the awareness and foresight to preserve a substantial amount of evidence during this tumultuous relationship and it will prove his innocence in a courtroom". - Todd Stone
Finkbeiner has not officially been forced to answer to the charges.
The Governor's office chose not to comment on Finkbeiner's arrest.
NBC12 photojournalist Dax Gray contributed to this report.