BJ Penn is one of the most recognizable names in the UFC today and he was at one point considered the face of the company. It looks like he has run into a bit of trouble with the company and a former writer on his website.
Pedro Alex Carrasco took to Twitter to air his grievances against Penn, saying that he had sexually assaulted his girlfriend.
Carrasco’s allegations were later “confirmed to be true” by Cynthia Vance, who was working in Hilo, Hawaii at the time of the alleged assault.
— Cynthia Vance (@cynthiavance) February 16, 2016
TMZ reached out to both the UFC and Penn. They did not receive word from the fighter, but the UFC did say that they were looking into the situation, for which Vance has already filed charges in Ohio.
“UFC is aware of the recent allegations made against BJ Penn,” the UFC said in an official statement. “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.”
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