Ex-Miami-Dade mayor Carlos Alvarez pleaded not guilty Wednesday to allegations he attacked his ex-girlfriend outside his Coral Gables home.
Alvarez did not appear during Wednesday’s arraignment for misdemeanor battery. His lawyer, who has vowed to fight the allegations, entered the plea for him.
Another court hearing will be held in 45 days.
The 63-year-old former politician and director of Miami-Dade’s police department is alleged to have grabbed his ex-girlfriend, pinned her to a wall, cursed and spit at her.
His ex is Evelyn Fernandez, a former Miami-Dade police lieutenant who is battling cancer.
His defense lawyers have repeatedly said that Fernandez is the true aggressor, showing up at his home repeatedly.
Alvarez became the Miami-Dade police director in 1997, and eventually was elected mayor in 2006. But in aprt because of his support of the unpopular plan to use public money to Marlins ballpark, Alvarez was recalled in 2011.
Following the stunning decision by the voters, Alvarez has largely kept a low profile. Although in 2013, he won a bodybuilding contest in the over-60 age group, making headlines for his rippling muscles and Speedo.