UFC bad boy Tito Ortiz and his attorney Chip Matthews held a press conference late Monday evening to speak for the first time since Ortiz’s release from custody for alleged domestic violence against girlfriend Jenna Jameson. Matthews, speaking on his client’s behalf, indicated that Jameson’s addiction to the narcotic painkiller OxyContin was the reason behind the dispute which led to the arrest of the former UFC champion.
“Jenna has been fighting a battle with OxyContin addiction for the past year” said Matthews. “For Tito and her family this has been an uphill battle. Unfortunately this morning she had a relapse. Tito was trying to help her, she has threatened suicide before. Tito has done everything in his power to protect her privacy and the privacy of their children…Tito never touched Jenna.”
According to Matthews, Ortiz confronted Jameson on Monday morning at the couple’s home in Huntington Beach, California regarding drugs he had found. As a result of the confrontation, she suffered an emotional meltdown which prompted Jameson’s father to make the 911 call. Matthews also reinforced numerous times that Ortiz never laid a hand on his girlfriend and that Jameson’s family have now sided with Ortiz as they are well aware of her alleged drug addiction.
A visibly distraught Ortiz struggled to hold back tears during the press conference.
“It means the world to me, my friends and family for their support,” he said. “My parents have gone through an addiction, and I’ve seen a mirror again, and I’m not going to let my family go through that. I speak from the heart, and as I say … I hold everything dear to my heart that Jenna will be OK.”
Meanwhile, according to a report on celebrity news website TMZ, Jameson claimed Ortiz “threw me into the bathtub and tore two ligaments in my shoulder.” She also claimed Ortiz’s addiction allegations are, “completely false” and “the last nail in the coffin” for their relationship.
Ortiz has not been formally charged with a crime.