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The premier's office issued an evening press release May 13 announcing that Kyley Harris, Stephen McNeil's director of communications, "has been placed on administrative leave with pay, after charges for a domestic matter"
The media release said the the charges had come to the attention of the office earlier in the day.
In response to media queries, Halifax Regional Police issued a statement confirming officers responded to a report of an assault 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."
Police did not release the man's name.