Music Star Yanni Moves Past Allegations, Makes New Music
August 11, 2006

He's bouncing back with his first album since a rare and unlikely brush with scandal.

Music superstar Yanni opened up to "Extra" like never before after finally being cleared of headline-making domestic violence allegations.

"I felt lost," he admitted. "I felt blindsided. I didn't expect anything like this to happen. It was a very difficult time in my life. It was very painful for my whole family, friends and fans, and I'm glad this nightmare is almost over."

It was five months ago when Yanni's former girlfriend, Silvia Barthes, called 911, claiming the celebrated music man had roughed her up at his Florida home. But Yanni steadfastly declared his innocence and all charges against him were later dropped.

"Somewhat, I feel vindicated," Yanni told "Extra." "But a friend of mine said, it's hard to un-ring a bell once the bell has been rung."

But Yanni's millions of fans, including his famous former love Linda Evans, have loyally rallied behind him. "The fans, thank God, have been very supportive," Yanni said. "People on the street look me straight in the eye, and nobody has ever made a negative comment."

Now Yanni is playing a happier tune after just releasing a new live CD and DVD, recorded at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. "It's a lot of fun," Yanni promised.

The CD will be released August 15, followed by the DVD in September.


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