LAS VEGAS – UFC star Nick Diaz now faces two additional charges in his alleged battery case.
Prosecutors with the Clark County (Nevada) District Attorney’s office today filed an amended complaint against Diaz that includes an additional felony count of battery constituting domestic violence by strangulation and felony battery domestic violence resulting in substantial bodily harm.
Diaz now faces three felony charges and one misdemeanor. He initially was charged with felony domestic battery by strangulation and misdemeanor domestic battery stemming from his alleged assault of a woman claiming to be his on-again, off-again girlfriend in Las Vegas on May 24.
Diaz’s attorney, Ross Goodman, asked for a continuance to review the additional charges, and the case has been postponed until July 31.
In a statement released to MMAjunkie, he wrote, “We were surprised that the state filed an amended complaint in court this morning given that there is no new evidence that would warrant adding charges. Regardless, we are confident that that truth will come to light vindicating Mr. Diaz after a thorough cross-examination exposing (the alleged victim’s) inconsistent and contradictory allegations.”
MMAjunkie was unable to reach the alleged victim, whose name is being withheld, for comment.
The woman alleges Diaz slammed her to the ground and caused her to hit her head after after she accused him of infidelity. She said Diaz was using cocaine and had become violent over the past several days prior to the attack. When she tried to escape, she said he slammed her to the ground.
A friend also present corroborated the argument and said the alleged victim pushed Diaz. Police noted in a domestic violence report that her story changed slightly at the hospital on the details of the assault.
Diaz’s friend and business partner claimed the alleged victim was stalking Diaz, who was not present today in court.
Prosecutors sought to raise Diaz’s bail to $100,000, noting the severity of alleged injuries and arguing the court should send a message that it doesn’t tolerate domestic abuse. A judge denied that request, countering that Diaz should be treated like any other first-time domestic violence offender.
Diaz remains free on an $18,000 bond. He is ordered not to have any contact with the alleged victim.
The UFC said it’s conducting an investigation into the charges and is monitoring the case. Diaz was recently cleared to fight after serving a one-year suspension by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency for a whereabouts failure.
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Source: USA Today – MMA Junkie
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