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Video: War Machine’s Trial Begins With Incredible Claims Of Having Consent

The trial of former MMA fighter Jonathan Koppenhaver, better known as ‘War Machine’, has begun. Koppenhaver is on trial for allegedly assaulting his former girlfriend adult film star Christine Mackinday and her then boyfriend Corey Thomas. Koppenhaver faces 34 counts including attempted murder, sexual assault, and kidnapping.

Mackinday is reported to have received a broken nose, missing teeth, over a dozen broken bones and a ruptured liver during the incident.

Corey Thomas, boyfriend to Mackinday at the time, was allegedly first assaulted by the former MMA athlete. Thomas testified that he was bitten and punched multiple times.

In the video below you can watch the testimony of Corey Thomas, in which he narrates how he was beaten for about 10 minutes. According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, in the early morning hours of Aug. 8, 2014, Koppenhaver burst into her home while Mackinday and her then-boyfriend, Corey Thomas, slept in bed. Mackinday and Koppenhaver had exchanged “I love you” text messages roughly an hour earlier, Leiderman told jurors.

“And then it all breaks loose,” the lawyer said. Thomas testified that Koppenhaver pounced on him first, biting his face and right arm and hurling blow after blow, as Mackinday leapt out of the bed and dialed 911.

War Machine’s defendant later discussed the sexual assault allegations, claiming Koppenhaver had consent to do what he did.

(On the second page you can watch the opening statement for War Machine’s defense)

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