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Report: Zherdev attacks wife, criminal charges await

Russian newspaper Moskovsky Komsomolets reports the following this morning:

The Philadelphia Flyers forward Nikolay Zherdev attacked his wife after a quarrel in a restaurant, caused damage to her car, insulted her and threatened her with death.

The couple was enjoying lunch with their friends at around 12:30 pm in a restaurant Osteria di Campagna, near the Rublyovo-Uspensky highway. Suddenly, Nikolay and his wife started arguing and the wife decided to leave the restaurant. She went to the parking lot, got in her car and started driving away. She had to stop in the traffic lights only a couple of meters away from the restaurant. This is when Nikolay rushed out of the restaurant, caught up with his wife and tried to open the doors of the car, but his wife had locked the doors.

According to eyewitnesses, Nikolay picked up a metal pole from the parking lot and began hitting the car with the pole while shouting expletives at his wife. Fearing for her life, his wife rushed to escape, turning in the wrong direction on the highway. The same day, she went to the police.

The local police department confirms that a woman came telling them that her husband had threatened her with violence and, moreover, caused serious damage to her car.

The broken vehicle is still being examined by the experts. As soon as the car has been examined, Nikolay is expected to face charges for "intentional damage to property of others". Another charge may await for the death threats that Nikolay's wife confirmed receiving.

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