Chuck Liddell, a former UFC champion, has released a statement following his arrest in Los Angeles on Monday for alleged domestic violence.
L.A. County Sheriff’s Department officials told Fox 11 that police officers were dispatched to Liddell’s home after receiving a family disturbance call around midnight Monday morning.
“Arriving deputies said they determined Liddell and his wife had been involved in a physical altercation. According to authorities, his wife did not require medical treatment,” Fox 11 reported. “Liddell was arrested for domestic battery and his bail was set at $20,000.”
But in a statement Liddell released on Instagram, the UFC legend said that he was the victim in the disturbance, and that more “will be revealed in due course.” Liddell’s entire statement reads:
Last night the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department deputies who responded were professional. While the information about this case will be revealed in due course, I believe it is important to convey and clarify a few facts about the situation.
I was the victim of the incident last night at our family home, as details of the case will reveal. The deputies informed me that my wife would be arrested, as I did not respond to her assault while I sustained bruising and lacerations. I volunteered to go in her place.
This was one of the many times I have tried to shield a family mental health issue from the public purview. It has become painfully apparent that this cannot continue, as our private life has now reached a public breaking point. Please respect our privacy as I help to navigate our family through this difficult time.
While the media and governments focus almost exclusively on women as victims of domestic violence, men can and have been victims as well – at alarming rates. Still, the focus – and the government funds – has always gone to women.
Liddell is not the first male celebrity to claim to be the victim. The most famous recent example involves Johnny Depp, who was accused by ex-wife Amber Heard of domestic violence. Depp, in turn, sued Heard and British Tabloid The Sun for calling him a “wife beater” and portraying him as an abuser.
As The Daily Wire previously reported, Depp faced an uphill battle, since he had to prove he didn’t hit Heard. Proving a negative is nearly impossible, and Depp was only able to prove he didn’t attack Heard in two of the situations she claimed, but that apparently wasn’t enough to cast doubt on the rest of her claims.
During the trial, evidence surfaced showing proof that Heard abused Depp. Depp’s attorneys presented audio of Heard admitting to hitting the “Pirates of Caribbean” actor.
“I’m sorry that I didn’t, uh, uh, hit you across the face in a proper slap, but I was hitting you, it was not punching you. Babe, you’re not punched,” Heard tells Depp in the recording. “I don’t know what the motion of my actual hand was, but you’re fine. I did not hurt you. I did not punch you. I was hitting you.”
The attorneys also provided evidence that Heard would stage alleged attacks, randomly yelling “Stop hitting me, Johnny” when witnesses saw no such abuse. A concierge at the couple’s penthouse also testified that surveillance footage showed Heard’s sister pretending to punch her.
“One of the testimonies comes from Trinity Esparza, who was the concierge at the penthouse where Heard claims Depp hit her in the face. Esparza now questions how Heard received the mark on her face she claimed was from Depp, after reviewing surveillance footage from three days later, when Heard’s sister Whitney pretended to punch her in the face, according to court documents,” The Daily Wire previously reported.
Further, evidence suggested Heard attacked Depp while the actor was in bed and staged the attacks she claimed he committed.
“Unaware that members of Mr. Depp’s security team (including an 18-year veteran of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department) were mere feet away, Ms. Heard falsely began yelling, ‘Stop hitting me, Johnny,’” Depp alleged in court documents. “The interaction culminated with Ms. Heard making false allegations that Mr. Depp struck her with a cell phone, hit her and destroyed the penthouse. There were multiple eyewitnesses to this hoax.”
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