On Monday, TMZ reported that BJ Penn has been cleared of charges related to a sexual assault case stemming from an alleged incident that took place in 2015.
TMZ reported that the County of Hawaii prosecuting attorney said that the case has “officially been declined for prosecution because we ‘don’t have sufficient evidence to charge the case.’”
Back in February, Penn released the following statement on the allegations against him.
“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 severence 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. (August of 2015). 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.”
Penn is still looking to make a return to competition in the Octagon as his last bout scheduled against Ricardo Lamas was canceled after Penn suffered an injury in training. The two were set to headline UFC Fight Night Manila in October. Lamas was given another match against Charles Oliveira and found success at UFC Fight Night 98 over the weekend.
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