Chuck Liddell released from jail on bond, releases statement amid arrest: ‘I was the victim’

Chuck Liddell
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Former UFC light heavyweight champion and Hall of Fame inductee, Chuck ‘The Iceman’ Liddell has been released from jail on bond following his arrest in the early hours of Monday morning. And has released a statement detailing how he was the victim of battery domestic violence. 

Reports emerged this Monday afternoon, detailing that Liddell, 51, had been arrested at his San Fernando Valley residence in Los Angeles, California, and charged with battery domestic violence, allegedly against his wife, Heidi Northcott. 

Liddell was arrested and charged with battery domestic violence after responding law enforcement officers determined that Liddell and his wife had been involved in a verbal altercation that turned physical. The initial report detailed how the 41-year-old Northcott did not require medical attention in relation to the alleged incident. 

The former light heavyweight champion was booked into a Los Angeles-area jail, where he was charged with battery domestic violence, and was expected to face those charges in court this Wednesday morning in Van Nuys, California.

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According to an online record of Liddell’s arrest, obtained by MMA Junkie, the Santa Barbara native was released from jail this morning at 10 a.m. PT after his bail of $20,000 was met. 

In the hours after his arrest and subsequent release upon the posting of bail, Liddell took to his official Instagram account, where he stated that he was a “victim of the incident“.

Last night the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department deputies who responded were professional,” Liddell’s statement read. “While the information about this 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 home, 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.

Liddell’s statement claims that he was the victim of the incident in the early hours of Monday morning, where he suffered lacerations and bruising. And offered to prevent any legal issues by going into police custody. 


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