The communications director for Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil was put on leave Tuesday after it emerged he is facing criminal charges.
A brief statement appeared on the premier's website Tuesday evening.
"Effective today, May 13, Kyley Harris, director of communications, has been placed on administrative leave with pay, after charges for a domestic matter," the statement issued by press secretary Laurel Munroe said.
"The charges were brought to the attention of the premier's office late today."
Halifax Regional Police issued a news release late Tuesday.
Sgt. Greg Robertson confirmed the HRP was responding to calls it had received about the statement from the premier's office.
"We can confirm that officers responded to a report of an assault at 8 p.m. on Friday, May 9 at a Halifax address. A 34-year-old Halifax man was subsequently arrested at a separate Halifax address that same evening and was released on a Promise to Appear in Halifax Provincial Court on June 18, 2014, to face a charge of assault," the HRP said.
The name of a suspect in a domestic incident is not typically released until the step of swearing information before the courts is completed.