Former two-division UFC champion B.J. Penn released a statement tonight, refuting allegations by a former employee and his girlfriend that he assaulted a woman.
Tired of seeing this pervert BJ Penn in the news. Dude's a cocaine addict, who sexually assaulted my Playboy model GF, and I have proof.
— Pedro Alex Carrasco (@LATLPEDRO) February 16, 2016
Penn responded saying. “The allegations that Pedro and his girlfriend are making against BJ Penn simply aren’t true. Penn trusted Pedro to run his website for almost a decade and considered him family. He was fired last year for unethical behavior and was provided a severance that ended on February 16, 2016. One day later allegations appeared in a one sided Twitter rant which happen to be many months after the alleged date in question.
“There are many holes in Pedro’s story. In the almost 15 years that Penn has been a champion fighter there has not ever been any incident or allegation in regards to his conduct with women. He is family man and father of two young daughters with a known long term girlfriend. It is unfortunate that someone that BJ considered family is trying to extort him.”
The UFC released a statement of its own on Thursday saying it has postponed plans to book Penn for an upcoming fight until more details are determined.
“UFC is aware of the recent allegations made against BJ Penn,” the statement read. “The organization required all athletes who compete in the UFC to act in an ethical and responsible manner, as detailed in the UFC Fighter Conduct Policy. Every athlete is deserving of proper review and this situation, as with any serious allegation, will be investigated by an independent party and thoroughly reviewed by the UFC. The UFC organization will also cooperate with any law enforcement investigation.
Penn, who retired following a July 2014 loss to Frankie Edgar, has been training in Albuquerque, N.M., for a potential return to the cage.
Hawaii island police would not comment Wednesday when asked by the Honolulu Star-Advertiser if there was an investigation. However ESPN reported today that the Delaware County Sheriff’s Office in Ohio said a 29-year-old female reported on Tuesday that she was assaulted by Penn on Hawaii island on Aug. 31. The ESPN report says the matter has been referred to Hawaii island police.
Penn was inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame last summer.