BARNSTABLE (CBS) – Former gubernatorial candidate Christy Mihos pleaded not guilty Thursday to charges he assaulted his wife.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Carl Stevens reports

He appeared briefly in Barnstable District Court and was released on a promise to return.

Mihos, 63, is accused of pushing Andrea Mihos on July 10, 2011 at their home in West Yarmouth.  She also claims her husband was addicted to prostitutes and porn stars and was a reckless spender.

Mihos denies the charges.

He was advised by his attorney Ed Ryan not to talk to reporters after the brief hearing Thursday.

But Ryan talked about a motivation that Andrea Mihos had to seek these charges.

“I think it’s to gain advantage in a divorce case. She’s an angry woman. This woman has said that Christy Mihos has ruined the family finances, but she spent the past two-and-a-half years controlling all of the money.”

Andrea Mihos filed for divorce from her husband earlier this year.

In a surprise development Thursday, a special prosecutor will be appointed in the case, because Cape and Islands District Attorney Michael O’Keefe is recusing himself and his office due to a potential conflict of interest.


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