Former Omaha television anchor and congressional candidate Michael Scott was arrested Thursday on suspicion of a misdemeanor domestic violence charge.
His estranged girlfriend — a 38-year-old Omaha woman originally from Los Angeles — alleged that Scott choked her, hit her in the eye, ripped off two of her fake fingernails and told her “tonight was the night I was going to die like O.J. & Nicole.”
Scott, 58, was in the Douglas County Jail on Thursday. He declined an interview request.
After several stints as a news anchor in various cities — including twice in Omaha — Scott has been working as a shoe salesman at Younkers at Westroads Mall.
The woman met Scott in Los Angeles in the spring of 2011. She moved to Omaha and resumed a relationship with him in November 2011.
She wrote in a request for a protection order that abuse had been going on for a year.
Omaha police took photos of the woman's fingernails and what an officer described as an injury to her left eye.
According to her sworn affidavit, contained in court files:
The woman said she was driving and Scott was riding in the passenger seat as they went home Nov. 2 from the movie “Flight.” Scott talked about how much he liked the movie. The woman disagreed.
Scott got mad, the woman wrote, and began pushing her against the driver's door, yelling and threatening to jump out of the moving car.
The argument escalated as they got to their north-central Omaha apartment. (She has since moved out.)
“He pushed me up against the wall & (was) slapping my left eye,” she wrote.
Scott left for a while, then returned home about 1 a.m. Saturday.
He began yelling “look what you made me do,'' she wrote. “When I asked him to stop, he threw me to the ground, strangling me around the neck.”
The woman said she never lost consciousness. She alleged Scott then called her mother to come get the woman.
She said he hit her, pushed her to the ground and put her in a headlock. She said he told her — and her mother on the phone — that “tonight was the night I was going to die like O.J. & Nicole.”
“He started crying and I tried to comfort him,” she wrote. “This made him madder and as I was naked he threw me out of the apartment building.”
Seconds later, she alleged, he brought her back in and said he was “going to rip off my bimbo fake nails one by one.”
She said he ripped two off with his fingers — causing her to scream and blood to get on his shirt.
She alleged that he grabbed her by the hair and threw her against the wall.
The ordeal ended at 5:11 a.m. when “he and I slept in bed,” she wrote.
“I was exhausted & drained from all the year of abuse I have had,” she wrote. “I knew when awake I could no longer let him get away with this.”
Scott was served with the protection order Tuesday — 14 years to the day he lost his bid for Congress. Lee Terry, who remains Omaha's U.S. House representative, beat Scott handily in that election.
Scott was a news anchor at KETV-Channel 7 in Omaha before going briefly to “Entertainment Tonight” in Los Angeles.
He returned to Omaha's KMTV-Channel 3 and also worked in markets such as Dallas, Denver and Huntsville, Ala. That job, his last-known broadcasting gig, ended in 2008.
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