(LAS VEGAS) -- Police are continuing their search for missing Las Vegas showgirl Debbie Flores-Narvaez, while her ex-boyfriend had a court appearance Tuesday to answer to charges he had beaten her up in an earlier incident.
An attorney for Jason "Blu" Griffith, an aspiring rapper, appeared in Las Vegas Justice Court on his behalf. The judge set a preliminary hearing date for April 2011.
Griffith is charged with one count of domestic-violence-related battery, a misdemeanor, and one count of coercion, a felony. He is accused of kicking and punching Flores-Narvaez, a lawyer-turned-dancer, on Oct. 22.
A police report said the alleged abuse started when Griffith took Flores-Narvaez's iPhone and she argued with him about it. Griffith acknowledged arguing with her, but denied being violent or taking her phone, the police report said.
The police report also said Flores-Narvaez had bruises on her legs and lost a tuft of her hair.
The 31-year-old Flores-Narvaez, a former NFL cheerleader who was a burlesque dancer at the Luxor Casino's "Fantasy" show, was last seen with Griffith on Dec. 12.
Griffith is considered a person of interest because he was the last person to see Flores-Narvaez before she disappeared, but he is not a suspect and is cooperating with the investigation, police said.
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