(“Did I mention I bought Jimmy Dean sausages and I let her use my Star Wars pillow?”)
In spite of earlier reports that Mike Whitehead had reached a plea bargain deal with prosecutors in his felony sexual assault case, it looks like the former UFC fighter will now go to trial in an attempt to refute and disprove the allegations against him.
According to court records, Whitehead’s preliminary hearing will commence on August 19 at 9:00 am in Clark County district court in Las Vegas, NV. The case will be heard by Justice Janiece Marshall.
The preliminary hearing was originally set for last September, but because of delays and an apparent plea deal that either fell through or Whitehead decided not to take, there was a nearly one-year delay in bringing the case to trial.
The two female plaintiffs in the case, who were acquaintances of Whitehead’s contend that following a barbecue at his residence, the TUF alumnus invited the pair who were intoxicated to spend the night at his house in Las Vegas. According to the police report, the two went to sleep in Whitehead’s bed and he told them he would be sleeping on the sofa. One of the victims allegedly awoke to Whitehead having sex with her. After several minutes of telling him to stop, he proceeded to get up, dress and sit in the corner in a chair and stare at the two of them for an unspecified amount of time before leaving the room. The second victim claims that she awoke during the alleged rape to Whitehead fondling her breasts, but she didn’t say or do anything for fear of retaliation by the fighter.
Whitehead and several of his friends in the MMA community, including a handful of fighters he trains with at Xtreme Couture in LV contend that the facts in the case don’t add up and that the accusers are looking to frame Whitehead for monetary gain.
An interesting fact that has mysteriously been swept under the rug is that initial reports stated that when police attended Whitehead’s home to arrest him, they discovered a small marijuana grow operation. No drug charges were ever laid.