War Machine: Ex-MMA Fighter, Ex-Porn Actor, Permanent Asshole

by Curtis L. Isom, Founder / Editor-in-Chief

Photo courtesy of The Daily Beast

(Editor’s Note:  When they come to a verdict on this, I will update this article accordingly)

When negative things happen in the adult entertainment industry, especially the porn side, the mainstream press seems to love making hype out of it.  And to a point they should report what happens in our industry, but do it respectfully.  How they treat the outcome of this case will be interesting.

For those who haven’t heard, Christy Mack was assaulted by he ex-boyfriend MMA fighter War Machine (his legal name) back in 2014.  But I think pictures speak louder than words:

Cristy Mack

I could post more pictures, but I have great respect for Christy Mack and don’t want to add any more pain to what she’s already endured.  When War Machine was finally arrested, he tried to commit suicide in jail while awaiting trial, and has been in a hearing facing over 34 counts including two counts of attempted murder.  His defense attorney says he “allegedly” assaulted her, but when you see the photos of what happened to her when War Machine was in her apartment, how can you say he didn’t do it?

I picked a couple of articles on the current hearing itself to share here and comment on because I think they show a mentality that just seems to be common place in some males in the adult entertainment industry.  Or in the world in general.  They look at women as objects they can use however they like then claim they have done nothing wrong when caught going too far.  There are just some males who are destined to be life long assholes and War Machine, formally Jonathan Koppenhaver, appears to be one of those.  And it’s that thinking of having done nothing wrong that I want to share with you.  So let’s start with the first article dated 11/23/15 by David Ferrara of the Las Vegas Review-Journal:

A)  “War Machine blows kiss to prosecutor as defense lawyer argues sex was consensual”

War Machine blew a kiss to the prosecutor Monday.

In the midst of a lengthy hearing on sexual assault charges against the mixed martial arts fighter also known as Jonathan Koppenhaver, just as his defense lawyers argued that alleged victim Christine Mackinday had made false rape allegations in the past, Chief Deputy District Attorney Jacqueline Bluth interrupted.

“Judge, for the record, Mr. Koppenhaver just blew a kiss at me,” she said.

Defense attorney Brandon Sua said he didn’t see it.

“I’m not going to make up that he blew a kiss at me, which I find offensive,” Bluth said.

District Judge Elissa Cadish turned to the defendant, who was seated in the jury box, while shackled and wearing an orange prison jumpsuit: “Mr. Koppenhaver, stop. You are not to make any gestures of any kind toward counsel. Don’t go there.”

Koppenhaver smiled. “Yes, ma’am.”

Prosecutors have alleged that Koppenhaver brutally beat the former adult film actress, whose working name is Christy Mack, and her friend Corey Thomas. Koppenhaver faces 34 charges, which stem from allegations stretching as far back as May 2013, including five counts of sexual assault and two counts of attempted murder.

The Review-Journal typically doesn’t name victims of sexual abuse, but Mackinday has spoken publicly about the abuse.

Las Vegas police said Koppenhaver attacked Mackinday and Thomas in her home near the Las Vegas National Golf Club in August 2014. Koppenhaver burst into the home and accused Mack of cheating on him before assaulting Thomas, according to a police report. Koppenhaver choked and punched Thomas for nearly 10 minutes before telling him to leave and instructing Thomas not to call police, according to the report.

Mackinday dialed 911 while Thomas was being attacked and then hid the phone. Koppenhaver punched her as they went into a bathroom before he forced her to take a shower, according to the report.

She suffered a blowout fracture of her left eye and several other broken bones in her face, two missing teeth, a lacerated liver, broken ribs and serious bruising in several places.

In court Monday, defense lawyers also argued that Mackinday’s work in pornography pointed to consent and that Koppenhaver and Mackinday often engaged in rough sex.

Mackinday’s career lead to her “desire, the preference, the acceptability towards a particular form of sex activities that were outside of the norm,” Sua said.

Koppenhaver met Mackinday while making an adult movie.

“The jury needs to know the nature of this relationship, and what was customary and consensual,” Sua said outside the courtroom.

Prosecutors argued that rape shield laws, which limit the ability of defendants to introduce evidence of victims’ sexual history, should prohibit defense lawyers from revealing the details of Mackinday’s movies to a jury.

“Because she consented to those acts through her course of employment does not mean the defendant is then entitled to think he can do that to her,” Bluth said. “You can’t make that leap.”

The judge questioned whether pornography established consent but asked Sua for a written motion explaining the history of the sexual relationship between Mackinday and Koppenhaver.

“I don’t see how any of those activities that she did in adult movies would ever show her consent to the acts with the defendant that he’s charged with,” Cadish said. “I’m not seeing that connection.”

Text messages from Koppenhaver’s phone would call into question the validity of Mackinday’s statements about the attack, Sua said.

Prosecutors said they didn’t know Koppenhaver had kept the phone. The ex-Bellator MMA and Ultimate Fighting Championship fighter was arrested in California a week after the Aug. 8, 2014, assault and has been in custody since.

The judge ordered Sua to turn that phone over to prosecutors by next week.

The defense attorney said text messages from the night of the alleged attack showed “ample evidence of (Mackinday) enticing Mr. Koppenhaver to come over that evening, ample evidence of her consenting to him being there.”

Bluth said she needed to review the entirety of the messages.

The second article, which covers some things mentioned in the first one, is from AVN by Mark Kerns dated 11/25/15: B) Hey, Assholes: ‘No’ Means ‘No’ Even If You’re a Porn Star.  Talking about YOU, War Machine! And your attorney.

LAS VEGAS—The assault trial of Jonathan Koppenhaver, better known to the world as mixed martial arts fighter War Machine (now his legal name), had his attorney Brandon Sua mount a unique defense for the man accused of beating adult actress Christy Mack nearly to death: that Mack’s “career in adult films constituted consent and that her job instilled in her ‘the desire, the preference, the acceptability towards a particular form of sex activities that were outside of the norm,'” as Raw Story writer David Ferguson put it.

In other words, since Mack has had sex on camera, it wasn’t legally possible for her to have been raped by Koppenhaver, nor to have been kidnapped by him, nor suffered “a blowout fracture of her left eye and several other broken bones in her face, two missing teeth, a lacerated liver, broken ribs and serious bruising in several places.”

“The jury needs to know the nature of this relationship, and what was customary and consensual,” Sua told Las Vegas Review-Journal reporter David Ferrara outside the courtroom, while inside the courtroom, Koppenhaver’s lawyers argued that “[Mack’s] work in pornography pointed to consent and that Koppenhaver and Mackinday often engaged in rough sex.”

But rough, consensual sex isn’t a crime, whether it’s in a couple’s home or on video for the world to see—and Las Vegas Chief Deupty District Attorney Jacqueline Bluth seemed to understand that.

“Because she consented to those acts through her course of employment does not mean the defendant is then entitled to think he can do that to her. You can’t make that leap,” Bluth told District Judge Elissa Cadish, also arguing that the defense should not be allowed to present Mack’s pornos to the jury, fearing they would prejudice the jury and violate rape shield laws.

Judge Cadish likewise understood the basis for the defense’s tactic.

“I don’t see how any of those activities that she did in adult movies would ever show her consent to the acts with the defendant that he’s charged with,” Cadish said. “I’m not seeing that connection.”

It appears that Koppenhaver is what might be described as “a real piece of work.” Not only did he laugh during Mack’s testimony, which brought the starlet to tears, but on Monday, while on the witness stand, Koppenhaver actually blew a kiss at Bluth, though Sua claimed he saw no such thing.

“I’m not going to make up that he blew a kiss at me, which I find offensive,” Bluth retorted.

“Mr. Koppenhaver, stop,” Judge Cadish warned him. “You are not to make any gestures of any kind toward counsel. Don’t go there.”

Koppenhaver just smiled and said, “Yes, ma’am.”

This piece of shit’s trial will continue after the Thanksgiving holiday

As one who has been in a courtroom a few times, the first rule is never offend the judge.  Second is to present yourself in the best light possible.  Evidently War Machine hasn’t been clued in on either of these and his actions, in my opinion, present a picture of a childish individual who has no regard for authority or others.  These two articles portray War Machine showing what I would call his “disconnect from reality” and thinking he’s done nothing wrong and this is all a joke.  His childish actions show a male who sees women as no more than objects he can toy with.  I’ve heard some interesting things that have happen in court, but blowing a kiss to the prosecutor Is a new one. Was he trying to make a love connection?  If so, he’ll have plenty of time to do that when he’s convicted.  Yeah, I know that may be “putting the cart before the horse”, but what he did to Christy Mack is not only wrong, but needs to be punished.  I have no problem believing that one way or another War Machine will answer for his crimes – in or out of jail.

It’s just how Kharma does what she does.

But what’s just as appalling as what happened to Christy Mack, or maybe more so, is the defense used by War Machine’s attorney, Brandon Sua.  To say that what a person does on film is an excuse for them to be treated like shit off screen is utterly obscene bullshit.  So, according to Sua, just because someone has rough sex on camera, that’s what they want or desire in real life?  That’s like saying that if someone is shown being murdered on film, they have a desire to be murdered in real life?  Yeah, that’s an extreme example.  But If you don’t see the parallel, you’re missing the logic used by defense attorney Sua which is down right fucking scary. If Sua is successful with this defense, which I hope he isn’t, then it’s “open season” on women – in and out of the adult entertainment business.

Ponder that for a moment.

But like I stated previously, War Machines actions in and out of court, as well as Brandon Sua defense tactics, seems to indicate they have serious trouble in the way they view women.  Anyone supporting and backing War Machine needs to have a serious reality check.  It seems like they have trouble determining reality from fantasy.  I understand that Brandon Sua must mount the best defense possible for his client, but to me he wouldn’t use the strategy he’s using if he didn’t believe it himself. Just because someone portrays something on film doesn’t necessarily means that’s how they live their life.

Art doesn’t always imitate life and visa versa.

And I don’t see this logic limited to the porn industry.  A large number of males in the strip club industry seem to want to promote the stereotype that if you’re a Feature Entertainer or regular house dancer, taking off your clothes on stage makes you a whore or sexually promiscuous.  Don’t believe me, listen to some of these morons on their podcast or blogs and you’ll see this mentality show through.

Where the fuck did “common sense” go?  I’ve been covering the adult entertainment industry for almost ten years and it is scary to see this increasing wave of disrespect and indifference towards women.  To treat them like they are nothing more than objects and not human beings is something some say has been going on since the industry began.  Maybe so, but I bet it’s never been at the level it is today.  Or maybe with the invention of social media and 24/7 news cycles it’s just becoming more obvious.

No matter what, it’s disgusting and makes our industry look like the filth the mainstream media portrays it to be.  That the adult entertainment industry is nothing more than a group of degenerates, pimps, and whores.  I know better and am doing my part to educate people on the industry.  Are you?  Don’t bitch about the “image problem” people if you’re not willing to step up and speak up.  Like the old adage goes, “If you’re not part of the solution, you’re part of the problem”   And staying quiet is at times is part of the problem.

And that “image problem” is what could hurt this case when it goes before a jury.  The average individual isn’t informed on our industry and rely on their knowledge being gained form listening to mainstream media talking news heads or what they read on the internet.  (Ironic isn’t it?)  And if the jury picked in the case of “Christy Mack vs War Machine” isn’t well informed, or well misinformed, then they could buy into Sua’s defense strategy.  But in the case against War Machine and Brandon Sua’s defense strategy, there is hope.  It comes in the form of Chief Deputy District Attorney Jacqueline Bluth.

Oh how I love the irony.  Yes, I know it’s suppose to be better to have a woman prosecutor in cases like these where a woman is a victim, but does anyone remember the OJ trial?  Those backing Marsha Clark had no winner there.  But from what I have read of District Attorney Jacqueline Bluth in action, she understands the difference between fantasy and reality.  That what someone portrays on screen isn’t necessarily what they desire in real life.  That women are NOT objects, but human beings who deserve to be treated with respect as all of us are should be treated.  Yeah,  I know some of you are saying, “But that’s her job!”  True.  But Ms. Bluth is paying attention to things that others overlook and calling out actions that are usually gone unnoticed in court.  You have to admire that because this is a situation where in court one side is saying women are objects and should be allowed to be treated as such and the other is saying they aren’t.

And make no mistake that the stakes are so high that if the defense wins, the outcome has possibly dangerous repercussions on the adult entertainment industry.

Or women in general.  We shall see.

 

NOTE:  There are highlighted texts in the AVN article by Mark Kerns’ that link to other stories on the subject that some of you may like to read.  The link to Kerns’ article is: http://business.avn.com/articles/legal/Hey-Assholes-No-Means-No-Even-If-You-re-a-Porn-Star-614208.html

 

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