Tito Ortiz and longtime girlfriend Jenna Jameson appear to be on the road to some form of reconciliation following an incident Monday that led to the fighter’s arrest and later accusations of the former adult star’s alleged drug use.
Ortiz, a former UFC light heavyweight champion, was arrested on suspicion of domestic violence on Monday, after officers were called by Jameson’s father to the residence the couple share in Huntington Beach, Calif.
The 35-year-old Ortiz is the father of 13-month-old twins, Jesse James and Journey Jette, with Jameson. Ortiz and Jameson are not married.
Ortiz’s lawyer, Chip Matthews, told Sherdog.com on Friday that the entire incident was just a “misunderstanding.” Matthews also said it was his understanding that statements made by Ortiz and Jameson on Monday to officers during his arrest would either be altered or retracted by the parties, as was first reported by TMZ.com on Thursday.
“Both sides are interested in the truth coming out and for the welfare of their children and bringing an end to this,” Matthews told Sherdog.com on Friday.
Matthews would not confirm if Ortiz and Jameson are in direct communication due to the ongoing investigation.
Ortiz, who is currently starring as a coach opposite rival Chuck Liddell on Spike TV’s “The Ultimate Fighter 11” airing Wednesdays, was arrested by the Huntington Beach Police Department and released the same day when he posted $25,000 bail.
During Ortiz’s incarceration, Jameson spoke numerous times with media outlets parked outside the residence throughout the day. In a TMZ.com video posted Monday afternoon, Jameson would not describe what had happened with Ortiz, but told the cameraman she was shocked by what had transpired that morning.
“Tito is a loving, sweet man and I've always supported him through everything and for him to lash out at me like that is shocking and I feel completely betrayed,” said Jameson.
On Monday evening, Ortiz held a press conference in Los Angeles in which Matthews, on the fighter’s behalf, said Jameson had been battling an addiction to Oxycontin for "well over a year” and that she had an emotional breakdown after Ortiz had confronted her about drugs he had found. Matthews also repeatedly stated that Ortiz had “never laid a hand on” Jameson.
“We never said Jenna was on drugs,” Matthews told Sherdog.com on Friday. “We had said that he had found drugs in her pants from the night before. We were told later that the drugs were old.”
Whether or not Jameson and/or Ortiz alter or withdraw the statements they made on Monday to police, the Orange County District Attorney’s office could still decide on its own to file charges against the embattled fighter if evidence suggests it. Matthews said he hoped the DA’s office would not pursue charges, but that if they did, he was confident that Ortiz would be exonerated of them.
Meanwhile, Ortiz sent an exclusive statement through his reps to Sherdog.com on Thursday.
“I would like to thank the MMA community and its fans for their continued support,” said Ortiz. “I have received thousands of messages of encouragement from friends and family within the MMA community. Your support means as much to me outside the Octagon as it does inside. Thank you.”