Anthony Johnson. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
MMAFrenzy.com is reporting that UFC welterweight Anthony Johnson was arrested on June 27 on multiple charges stemming from an alleged domestic violence incident involving his ex-girlfriend.
According to reports, Johnson allegedly struck his girlfriend and then damaged a cell phone so she was unable to contact police.
The charges include domestic violence, battery with a special relationship, criminal threats, and damaging a cell phone. Though he was arrested on felony charges, the District Attorney filed misdemeanor charges, each of which is punishable by up to a year in county jail and an undisclosed fine if convicted.
Johnson, a native of Los Angeles, California, possesses a mixed martial arts record of 7-2. Johnson holds UFC victories over Chad Reiner, Tommy Speer, Kevin Burns, and Luigi Fioravanti.
MMAWeekly.com contacted Johnson’s agent, Ken Pavia, who released the following statement:
“It has come to our attention that an email is being circulated with false and misleading information pertaining to Mr. Anthony Johnson. On behalf of Mr. Johnson we would like to address this issue. On June 27th Mr. Johnson was arrested in Hayward California and was charged with misdemeanors stemming from an alleged altercation with an ex-girlfriend.
Mr. Johnson is completely and unequivocally innocent of all charges. These charges are completely outside the realm of Mr. Johnson’s character; he has no prior criminal record and has never been in trouble with the law. Furthermore, any assertion that the UFC played a part in posting his bail or in covering up the incident is completely untrue. Unfortunately, professional athletes are frequently made the victim of such false accusation.
As this has been a stressful time for Mr. Johnson, we ask that judgment is withheld until all relevant facts have come to light.”
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