Sheriff-elect Ross Mirkarimi, who's being sworn in to his new post Sunday, is currently under investigation by the SFPD after an incident of alleged domestic abuse involving his wife over New Year's weekend. Mirkarimi's wife, former Venezuelan telenovela star Eliana Lopez, reportedly hid out in a neighbor's apartment after a physical fight with Mirkarimi, and the neighbor subsequently called police, according to Matier and Ross. Police have now interviewed the neighbor, but Mirkarimi and Lopez are maintaining that this has all been blown out of proportion. Lopez made an official statement last night saying, "I have absolutely no complaint against my husband. My husband has never been abusive to me. Ross and I are committed to our marriage, our son and our family."
In trying to question Lopez, police say she has been reluctant to speak about the incident. Mirkarimi has declined to comment. The DA's office has now been brought in on the case, but no charges have been filed.
Darling of S.F. progressives, Mirkarimi met Lopez in 2008 while at an environmental conference in Brazil. She later moved to San Francisco and gave birth to their son in 2009.