Update: Ortiz Arrested on Suspicion of Domestic Violence; Allegations Denied

By Loretta Hunt Apr 26, 2010
Former UFC light heavyweight champion Tito Ortiz was arrested on suspicion of domestic violence on Monday, Lt. Mike Reynolds of the Huntington Beach Police Department told Sherdog.com.

The 35-year-old Ortiz is the father of 13-month-old twins, Jesse James and Journey Jette, with former adult film star Jenna Jameson, who resides with the fighter in Huntington Beach, Calif. Ortiz and Jameson are not married.

In a TMZ.com video posted Monday afternoon, Jameson, shown packing a car in the residence's driveway with her father, said that a restraining order had already been obtained against Ortiz. Jameson wouldn't give any specifics about the incident, but answered “yes” when asked if this was the first time something like this had happened.

“I am completely shocked,” Jameson said. “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.”

Police said the alleged victim wasn’t taken to the hospital.

Ortiz held a news conference Monday night in which the fighter's attorney, Chip Matthews, denied that Ortiz had harmed Jameson. Matthews 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.

"As Tito was leaving, unfortunately she contacted the police department through another individual," Matthews said. "I want to be quite clear, Tito Ortiz never laid a hand on Jenna."

Ortiz made a brief statement but did not answer questions.

"My parents have gone through an addiction. ... I'm not going to let that happen to my family," he said. "I hold everything dear to my heart that Jenna will be OK."

Jameson told TMZ.com she does not have an Oxycontin addiction and that Ortiz is “trying to save his career.”

Ortiz, who is currently starring as a coach opposite rival Chuck Liddell on Spike TV’s “The Ultimate Fighter 11” airing Wednesdays, was handcuffed at the scene and transported to the Huntington Beach Police Department Monday morning for booking and arraignment, said Lt. Mike Reynolds. The OC Register reported that Ortiz was released from custody Monday afternoon after posting $25,000 bail. The Orange County district attorney’s office will review the case and decide whether to press charges.

One of the UFC’s biggest draws at the early part of the decade, Ortiz’s career had recently been cast in doubt with news that he wouldn’t be facing Chuck Liddell in a third match at UFC 115 on June 12 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, to culminate the end of TUF’s 11th season. Instead, former middleweight champion Rich Franklin will face Liddell instead, fueling rumors that a possibly injured Ortiz leaves the reality show early.

Ortiz has dropped three of his last four bouts, including a second TKO loss to Liddell at UFC 66 in December 2006 in Las Vegas. Ortiz drew with former light heavyweight champion Rashad Evans at UFC 73 on July 2007 in Sacramento, Calif.

Update: This article was updated at 7:58 a.m. ET with additional information regarding Ortiz's release and his news conference in L.A. Ortiz’s quotes come courtesy of video provided by KTLA.com.
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