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UCLA's Nikola Dragovic on felony assault charge

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LOS ANGELES (AP)

UCLA's Serbian starting forward Nikola Dragovic was charged with felony assault on Friday. Dragovic was suspended for the Bruins' game against Cal State Bakersfield following his arrest. A statement distributed by a team spokesman just before tip-off said Dragovic was arrested earlier in the day and charged with felony assault by the Los Angeles district attorney's office. The school said the 21-year-old senior from Belgrade, Serbia, was involved in an incident last month at a concert in Hollywood. Dragovic filed a report with campus police the following week. After an investigation, the district attorney's office filed the felony charge against Dragovic, who found out about it Friday and turned himself into university and Los Angeles police. Dragovic was booked and released from the Hollywood station on $30,000 bail late Friday, Los Angeles police officer Julie Boyer said. Coach Ben Howland said in the statement that Dragovic told him about the incident when it happened, but no one knew charges would be filed. The school said Dragovic's status for future games will be decided as more information becomes available. It's the second time in less than a year that Dragovic has been in trouble. He was arrested last Nov. 7 on suspicion of pushing his former live-in girlfriend to the ground during a dispute. He was booked on suspicion of misdemeanor battery, but prosecutors decided not to file charges against him. Dragovic was suspended for one game after that arrest.

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