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Guitarist for Pink arrested over assault

L.A. musician Rafael Moreira allegedly beat a man at music school
/ Source: The Associated Press

Guitarist Rafael Moreira, who has worked with Pink, Christina Aguilera and others, has been arrested for allegedly beating a man at the music school where he teaches, police said.

Moreira was booked Monday for investigation of assault with a deadly weapon following an altercation at Musicians Institute in Hollywood, police Lt. Russ Wong said.

Wong said he didn’t have details of the events that led to Moreira’s arrest or the object used in the attack, but a witness said he saw the victim bleeding from the face.

“I just heard a commotion and came outside to see what was going on,” said Kevin Campos, a student at the institute.

“I saw a guy with a bloody face. He went into the library to wipe his face, then he came back out and confronted Rafael. That’s when I went to get security,” Campos said.

A telephone message left after business hours with the school, and an e-mail sent to an address listed on Moreira’s Web site, were not immediately returned late Monday.

Moreira, who graduated from the institute in 1998, is listed on its Web site as one of its “success stories.” His profile notes he has toured with Pink as well as performed with Aguilera, Marc Anthony, Sisqo and Mya.

Moreira, who was born in the southern Brazil town of Cambara, also fronts his own rock band, Magnetico, and appeared on the CBS reality show “Rock Star: INXS.”