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Posted: Wednesday, February 20, 2013 6:25 pm | Updated: 12:06 pm, Thu Feb 21, 2013.

BRADENTON, Fla. – A couple’s argument over the boyfriend’s alleged filthy gesture resulted in an arrest for misdemeanor battery Monday, according to sheriff’s deputies.

It happened just before 3pm Monday in the couple’s Bradenton home.

According to the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office, Shalamar Petrarca complained to her boyfriend, 30-year-old Ronald Howard, that it was rude and disgusting to be “scratching his testicles” while she was about to eat dinner.

She told deputies that Howard began yelling at her, pushed her into the kitchen, causing her to get a scratch on her ankle, then threw her out of the house.

Howard told deputies that she punched him in the eye for “scratching his balls”, and then he pushed her through the door in self-defense.

Deputies say Howard had no visible injuries, but Petrarca did have a scratch on her ankle.

Howard was arrested without incident.

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