The man known as "The Real Tarzann" by millions on YouTube will already be tracked by law enforcement following his burglary and battery arrest … which he claims it was actually a defense.
Michael Holston arrived Friday in Miami on charges of battery and battery theft. Holston pleaded not guilty and the judge ordered him to stay away from his alleged victim and wear a GPS ankle monitor.
TMZ broke the story … Holston – who produces viral videos of himself playing with chimpanzees, lions, snakes and many other animals – was arrested earlier this month. According to police, he beat the hell out of a man who showed up at his home.
The cops claim to have gotten involved in the dispute and, as you might expect, Tarzan made the most of it … hitting him several times in the face and body. It is alleged that Holston got into the car to continue hitting the man when he tried to call police.
He is also accused of stabbing a friend of the alleged victim who tried to help.
However, Holston's lawyer, Brian Bieber (no relation) tells TMZ … his client was defending himself. Bieber claims the alleged victim posted videos threatening Holston … including at least one where he was armed with a shotgun. Bieber says Holston defended himself only because he recognized the alleged victim from a social media post.
Holston was released on a $ 10,000 bond. Bieber tells us that the alleged victim deleted the threatening post after Holston's arrest, but he has a copy of it sent to the prosecutor's office.