War Machine allegedly attacked his ex while she was in bed with another man
The alleged abuse began shortly after the mixed martial arts fighter known as “War Machine” met porn actress Christine Mackinday on a Hustler magazine photo shoot.
It started with a slap to her face, but the mistreatment soon worsened, prosecutors allege. It came to a frightening end in the early morning hours of August 8, 2014, when War Machine — born Jonathan Paul Koppenhaver — allegedly stormed into the Las Vegas home of Mackinday and severely beat her and her then-boyfriend, Corey Thomas, while they were in bed.
“This is it. I’ve got to kill you now,” a prosecutor said War Machine, 35, told Mackinday, who sustained a broken nose, missing teeth, fractured eye socket, leg injuries and a lacerated liver in the incident, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal.
Prosecutors allege that Mackinday drifted in and out of consciousness while she was beaten and groped sexually, according to the Associated Press.
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The highly-anticipated trial, which began Monday, included testimony from Thomas, who alleged to jurors that he was the first person attacked. Thomas said he tried to fight off War Machine, who allegedly bit him in the face and right arm and put him in a chokehold during the 12-minute struggle.
“I’m looking up at the ceiling thinking to myself ‘I’m going to die in Christy’s bathroom.’ That’s not how I’m going out,” Thomas testified, News3LV.com reports.
Thomas alleged the attack ended after he told War Machine, “You gotta kill me, or you gotta let me go,” according to News3LV.com.
War Machine then allegedly told Thomas to leave the house and told him not to talk to police.
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During opening statements, defense attorney Jay Liederman said Mackinday, whose stage name was Christy Mack, often spoken about “rape fantasies” during their relationship and wanted to be surprised during sexual trysts.
“Public discussions about sex and rape were commonplace,” he said, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal.
War Machine faces up to life in prison if convicted.