War Machine's Lawyer Argues Ex's Work In Porn 'Pointed To Consent' In Assault
Lawyers for former MMA fighter War Machine are trying to argue that his ex-girlfriend Christy Mack's past work in adult films implied consent for the brutal beating he allegedly gave her last August. Jonathan Koppenhaver, 33, who legally changed his name to "War Machine," is currently on trial in Las Vegas for 34 counts in connection with the alleged sexual assault and attempted murder of his ex, Christine Mackinday, 24, better known as Christy Mack.
Koppenhaver's defense bafflingly argued that Mackinday's previous work in the adult industry "pointed to consent" and noted that the pair had engaged in rough sex before, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports. His lawyer Brandon Sua argued that Mackinday's work caused the "desire, the preference, the acceptability towards a particular form of sex activities that were outside of the norm."
Outside of the courtroom, Sua said that the jury should know "the nature of this relationship, and what was customary and consensual."
Prosecutors weren't buying it, and argued that rape shield laws should prevent Koppenhaver's attorneys from using Mack's sexual history in court. Mackinday's injuries from the alleged beating included broken bones in her face, a fractured rib, a ruptured liver, broken and missing teeth and severe bruising on her leg. Mackinday detailed her injuries with text and photos via social media when she publicly spoke out about the assault.
Clark County District Judge Elissa Cadish asked Sua for a written motion that detailed Mackinday and Koppenhaver's sexual past, but said that she didn't see the connection between Mackinday's adult work, and how it might "show her consent to the acts with the defendant that he's charged with."
As for Koppenhaver, he's accused of blowing a kiss to the prosecution in court. At one point during the proceedings on Monday, Chief Deputy District Attorney Jacqueline Bluth announced, "Judge, for the record, Mr. Koppenhaver just blew a kiss at me."
Sua claimed that he did not see this happen. Cadish told Koppenhaver not to "make any gestures of any kind toward counsel. Don't go there."
Koppenhaver is accused of showing up at Mackinday's Las Vegas home on Aug. 8, 2014. She was asleep in her bed with Corey Thomas, a reality TV personality she had been dating, at the time. Koppenhaver allegedly assaulted Thomas and ordered him to leave and not call the police. Thomas left, went to his job and called the police. Meanwhile, Koppenhaver is accused of brutally beating Mackinday, at one point forcing her to strip and shower in front of him. Mackinday said he molested her and said he was going to rape her, then threatened her with a dull knife. Mackinday said she was able to escape while Koppenhaver went to look for a sharper knife. Koppenhaver was later tracked down by police at an Extended Stay America hotel in Simi Valley.
The defense also claimed that text messages from Koppenhaver's phone, which will be turned over to prosecutors next week, will show that Mackinday was "enticing" Koppenhaver to come over that night.