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Las Vegas police began a search for a mixed martial arts fighter who goes by the name War Machine and is accused of severely beating his ex-girlfriend, porn actress Christy Mack, on Sunday night.
On Monday night, as he was still at large, Mack tweeted photographs from her hospital bed of the injuries the fighter allegedly inflicted, along with an account of what happened. War Machine’s real name is Jonathan Kopenhaver.
Here’s what Mack shared in the photo:
At about 2 am Friday morning, Jon Koppenhaver arrived unannounced to my home in Las Vegas, NV, after he broke up with me in May, he moved out of my house and back to San Diego. When he arrived, he found myself and one other fully clothed and unarmed in the house. Without a single word spoken, he began beating my friend; once he was finished, he sent my friend away and turned his attention to me. He made me undress and shower in front of him, then dragged me out and beat my face. I have no recollection of how many times I was hit, I just know my injuries that resulted from my beating. My injuries include 18 broken bones around my eyes, my nose is broken in 2 places, I am missing teeth and several more are broken. I am unable to chew, or see out of my left eye. My speach is slurred from my swelling and lack of teeth. I have a fractured rib and severely ruptured liver from a kick to my side. My leg is so badly injured I have not been able to walk on my own. I also attained several lesions from a knife he got from my kitchen. He pushed the knife into me in some areas such as my hand, ear, and head. He also sawed much of my hair off with this dull knife. After some time, the knife broke off of the handle and continued to threaten me with the blade. I believed I was going to die. He has beaten me many times before, but never this badly. He took my phone and canceled all of my plans for the following week to make sure no one could worry about my whereabouts. He told me he was going to rape me … After another hit or two, he left me on the floor bleeding and shaking, holding my side from the pain of my rib. He left the room and went to the kitchen where I could hear him ruffling through my drawers. Assuming he was finding a sharper, more stable knife to end my life, I ran out my back door, shutting it behind me so the dogs didn’t run inside tot ip him off. I hopped the fence to the golf course behind my house and ran to a neighboring house. Naked and afraid he would catch me, I kept running through the neighborhood knocking on doors. Finally, one answered and I was brought to the hospital and treated for my injuries.
Added below are the graphic photos and story about what happened pic.twitter.com/U1T1X2OP4d
— Christy Mack (@ChristyMack) August 11, 2014
Initially, authorities believed that Kopenhaver may have traveled back to San Diego, where he lives, but have been unable to track him down. Kopenhaver appeared to discuss the assault on his Twitter account, where he also seemed to acknowledge that he was on the lam.
I can’t believe this…I must be cursed. — War Machine (@WarMachine170) August 8, 2014
I’m not a bad guy, I went to surprise my gf, help her set up her show and to give her an engagement ring and ended up fighting for my life.
— War Machine (@WarMachine170) August 11, 2014
The cops will never give me fair play, never believe me. Still deciding what to do but at the end of the day it’s all just heart breaking.
— War Machine (@WarMachine170) August 11, 2014
I only wish that man hadn’t been there and that Christy & I would behappily engaged.I don’t know y I’m so cursed.One day truth will come out — War Machine (@WarMachine170) August 11, 2014
The tumult of Mack and Kopenhaver’s turbulent relationship has spilled onto Twitter before. In now-deleted tweets from November, Mack said that Kopenhaver had “full on beat the s— out of me, couldn’t show my face in public beating.” One of Mack’s friends, Kendall Karson, has started a crowdfunding campaign on Mack’s behalf, asking for money to cover Mack’s medical bills and living expenses until she is able to return to work.
Bellator, the MMA promotion company that used to employ Kopenhaver, issued a statement distancing itself from him.
“We have a zero tolerance policy here at Bellator when it relates to any form of domestic violence, and after learning of this latest incident involving Jon Koppenhaver, War Machine, Bellator is releasing him from his promotional contract with the organization,” Bellator President Scott Coker wrote.
This is not Kopenhaver’s first run-in with the law. According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Kopenhaver was arrested in 2009 on felony domestic violence charges. In 2011, he was named in a negligence lawsuit against a nightclub after he allegedly beat up a patron while working as a bouncer.