Jon Jones’ Alleged Strip Club Victim Claims He Was ‘Protected’
Back in July, news broke that Jon Jones was facing a battery charge for an alleged incident involving a strip club waitress.
The alleged incident supposedly took place at an Albuquerque gentlemen’s club call TD’s Eubanks Showclub. Records showed that Jones failed to attend his June bond arraignment for the battery case. Jones saw a bench warrant issued for his arrest. His legal team seemed to handle it immediately. UFC president Dana White revealed Jones would be just fine after viewing strip club video of the incident.
Jones Alleged Accuser Makes A Claim
However, a video recently surfaced of something that adds a new wrinkle to the case. In a tweet released by Albuquerque’s KRQE 13 News (via MMA Mania), police body cam footage showed an exchange with the alleged victim. She was asked by an officer if she believes Jones was being ‘protected’ from legal ramifications due to him being a celebrity. The woman responds that Jones was indeed being protected:
Officer: ”Do you feel like they’re trying to protect him due to him being a celebrity type?”
Woman: ”I mean everyone’s protecting Jon Jones because he’s a celebrity.”
You can watch the video here:
Jones has fought twice in 2019, defending his title by defeating Anthony Smith and Thiago Santos by decision at UFC 235 and UFC 239, respectively. Before that, he won back his UFC light heavyweight title by defeating Alexander Gustafsson in late 2018.
Looking to make up for lost time, Jones has expressed his desire to fight four times in a calendar year. With his latest legal issue still pending, that may or may not happen. A trilogy fight with Daniel Cormier most likely fell apart at UFC 241 last weekend.
The talented-but-troubled UFC legend is set to appear in a bench trial on September 26, 2019. For what it’s worth, Jones’ team has claimed that the woman, who claimed Jones slapped her in a private area and put her in a chokehold, has concocted a false accusation.