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State drops charges against ‘GraTaTa Guy’

November 27, 2018

BRIDGEPORT - The “GraTaTa Guy” is on his way home.

State prosecutors nolled or dropped the domestic violence case against social media sensation Bryan Silva on Tuesday on the condition that he return to his native Virginia.

Senior Assistant State’s Attorney Stephanie Damiani had told a judge that there didn’t appear from the police report evidence that Silva had done anything except get punched in the mouth by his wife, Melissa Barney, after she claimed she found evidence on Silva’s cell phone that he was cheating on her.

Barney is charged with disorderly conduct and must return to court on Dec. 21.

Silva, 27, a body builder and rapper, known as the “GraTaTa Guy” for the machine gun sound he made in his last rap video, was arrested outside the Easton home of his wife’s parents on Thanksgiving night.

In October 2016, Silva was sentenced in Virginia to more than a year in prison for an armed standoff with Charlottesville police.

It was while he was in a Virginia prison that he met his 23-year-old wife.

On Thursday, police said Silva came to his wife’s parent’s Easton home to reunite with his bride of less than a year. But police said things did not go well.

After the traditional turkey dinner, police said Silva fell asleep. While he was out his bride decided to go through his cell phone and discovered what she believed to be evidence that he was cheating on her.

Police said Barney became so enraged that she punched her sleeping husband in the mouth. She claimed he then punched her in the head.

At any rate, police said Silva then grabbed his suitcase and was heading out the door when his wife called 911.

“Barney stated that she loves Silva and didn’t want him to leave so she called police,” police related.

When officers arrived, on the call of an assault, they confronted Silva who was kneeling in the driveway trying to close his suitcase, police said. They said they saw blood on Silva’s mouth.

Police said Silva told them he never really knew what his wife was like and was now thinking of divorcing her.

Both Silva and Barney were charged with disorderly conduct. She was previously released on a promise to appear.

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