His attorney says no crime was committed and the former Honolulu councilman and state official is cooperating fully with investigators.

Honolulu police have arrested and charged Ikaika Andersonformer Honolulu City council member and candidate for lieutenant governor, for allegedly abusing his girlfriend in Waimanalo on Monday night.

Authorities said Anderson has been charged with alleged abuse of a family member — a misdemeanor offense.

Honolulu police arrested the 45-year-old at a Waimanalo residence on Hinalea Street at about 7:45 p.m.

Ikaika Anderson was arrested by Honolulu police Monday night on a misdemeanor charge of abusing a family member. (David Croxford/Civil Beat/2023)

According to a police report, the victim — a 34-year-old woman — reported a “domestic violence situation” to a third party, who then reported it to the Hawaii County Police Department.

From there, officials said Hawaii County police requested the assistance of the Honolulu Police Department since the victim was reported to be with her boyfriend in the Honolulu area. Honolulu police then got in touch with the victim.

The victim told HPD that she had been physically abused by her boyfriend, reportedly causing “pain and visible injuries.”

Anderson’s attorney issued a statement following the arrest, saying that it was “based on a one-sided accusation of a misdemeanor offense.”

Attorney Thomas Otake continued:

“We will be cooperating with law enforcement and the Prosecutor’s Office to establish that no crime was committed. Ikaika has the utmost respect for the complainant and asked that the general public respect their privacy and withhold judgment as this process unfolds.”

Anderson was released after posting $1,000 bail.

He served on the City Council from 2009 to 2021 and ran an unsuccessful campaign for lieutenant governor last year.

Anderson had been tapped by Gov. Josh Green to lead the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands but a State Senate panel voted to not recommend his nomination. He withdrew his name from consideration after.

This is a developing story. Please check back for updates. Read the original story on Hawaii News Now.

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