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'Deadliest Catch' Star

Accused of Bathroom Beatdown

1/6/2012 5:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Feleti Freddy MaugataiThe badass Samoan guy on "Deadliest Catch" is in trouble for allegedly squeezin' one out in a men's room in  Alaska ... as in, he's been accused of putting some guy in a serious headlock.

TMZ has learned ... Feleti "Freddy" Maugatai has been charged with misdemeanor assault over a violent altercation at the Grand Aleutian Hotel in Alaska on December 16.

According to the criminal complaint obtained by TMZ ... a female witness claims the Discovery Channel reality star got into a fight with her husband ... and it spilled over into the restroom.

When the woman went to check on the situation, she claims she observed that Freddy had her husband in a headlock.

The woman claims she tried to free her hubby, but Freddy grabbed her by the arm and "forcefully" pushed her across the restroom.

When cops arrived to the scene, police say they observed the woman had bruising and swelling on her arm.

According to the complaint, Freddy told police he didn't start the fight ... but was merely defending himself after the other man punched him in the face.  Freddy says he "did not touch Katz."

A few days later, a judge ordered Freddy to stay away from the woman, her husband and the hotel.  He's due back in court later this month.

TMZ attempted to reach Freddy for comment -- but he's currently working on the F/V Wizard crab boat in Alaska. A rep for Discovery had no comment.


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There is NO WAY Freddie started this fight, I have watched the show since the beginning years ago. This is one of the coolest nicest guys on T.V PERIOD.

There is no way Freddie would start a fight, this guy would of had to attack Freddie first. People just want to milk him for his crab money, fu^%*n s***.

This is ridiculous, I hope he sues the **** out of these people.

986 days ago


Another reality show fight. The cops better take this seriously.

986 days ago


I,d take freddie's word over any other crewman on the show.He is the most stand up guy out of the lot.

986 days ago

James West    

Anybody who watches Deadliest Catch knows that this guy is not what this story is trying to make him out to be. I don't see this going anywhere.

986 days ago


Seems as if Discovery would get the message and get rid of this show. So far I have heard about druggies and thugs from this program. I tried watching one episode and it was just boring. Shut it down within minutes.

986 days ago


Geez TMZ, you gotta do something about the spammers!

I've been watching DC for years now and Freddy seems like the one person that wouldn't get in trouble. But, fame & alcohol (if any consumed) does strange things. Could be that the couple recognized a cash cow. More details required...

986 days ago


It could also be that the man got violent with his wife and gave her the bruise but like so many battered women she doesn't want to get her husband in trouble)then he turned his anger on Freddy. Sucks if the guy gets in trouble for defending himself. Now on the other hand, if Freddy DID blow up on the man he should be punished - surely there are some witnesses to at least the beginning of this confrontation.

986 days ago


Freddie's a great guy - they had to have provoked this....probably saw the possibility of a payday in it.

986 days ago


Wow...a sailor gets into a fight in a bar. Now that there's some reality!

986 days ago


He should have admitted shoving her. If his story is true he would be justified in hitting or grabbing her in that situation since it is self defense.

986 days ago


FYI, the "woman" in question is my daughter Rachael Katz Reed. Her husband is Nick Reed. Freddy got punched because he was running his mouth & talking smack about my daughter. Nothing unusual about that except that Freddy (a long time friend) is now a "celebrity crabber" which is the only reason this story came out. PS, I've written you guys before about what really goes on behind the scenes in Dutch, but have never got a response. I've been fishing out of there since 1978...long before Discovery Channel "discovered" crabbers.

986 days ago


I have a hard time believing there is any way Freddy would do this to someone who didn't have it coming.

Plus, I have the feeling that if he wanted someone hurt, they'd be BADLY hurt.

986 days ago


OK, here's how I read this; Fight starts, fight finishes, Samoan goes to take a crap, fight starts a again. Woman goes into the Men's room(!), observes her guy being restrained. Woman tries to interfere, her interference is interfered with. Too bad when never get the whole story...

986 days ago


Sounds "fishy" to me!!!

986 days ago

uncle dudley    

Leave Freddy alone or you may end up crab

986 days ago
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