Chuck Liddell has issued a statement claiming that he was the victim of the domestic violence incident at his home in L.A. that led to him being arrested and taken to jail.
Liddell, who has since been bailed, stated that he suffered minor injuries during the assault, but nonetheless volunteered to go to jail to spare his wife, Heidi Northcutt, from having to do so.
The 51-year-old UFC hall-of-famer also hinted that a mental health issue was the catalyst for the verbal altercation turning physical, but stressed that he had not retaliated.
“Last night the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department deputies who responded were professional,” Liddel’s statement reads. “While the information about his case will be revealed in due course, I believe it is important to convey and clarify a few facts about the situation.
I was the victim of the incident last night at our family him, as details of the case will reveal. The deputies informed me that my wife would be arrested, as I did not respond to her assault while I sustained bruising and lacerations. I volunteered to go in her place.
This was one of the many times I have tried to shield a family mental health issue from the public purview. It has become painfully apparent that this cannot continue, as our private life has now reached a public breaking point. Please respect our privacy as I help to navigate our family through this difficult time.”