Former UFC fighter Chuck Liddell claimed in a social media post Monday that his wife, Heidi Northcott, was the aggressor in a domestic violence incident that led to his arrest the night before.
Liddell, 51, was taken into police custody after the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Office responded to a call regarding a domestic disturbance at his family’s home in the Hidden Hills area. Liddell was charged with domestic battery and later released on a $20,000 bond.
But in an Instagram post following his release, the 6-foot-2, 240-pound fighter claimed that he was the victim of domestic violence at the hands of Heidi Northcott, 41.
“I was the victim in the incident last night at our family home, as details of the case will reveal,” he wrote. “The deputies informed me that my wife would be arrested, as I did not respond to her assault while I sustained bruising and lacerations. I volunteered to go in her place.”
He continued: “This was one of the many times I have tried to shield a family mental health issue from the public purview. It has become painfully apparent that this cannot continue, as our private life has now reached a public breaking point.”
TMZ said it independently corroborated that Heidi Northcott was cited by police at the scene, but that Chuck Liddell offered to go in her place, supposedly for the welfare of the couple’s young child.
The fighter said that the deputies who responded to the scene were “professional.”
TMZ also reported that law enforcement officials said neither Chuck Liddell nor Heidi Northcott sustained injuries in the incident, which appears to contradict the fighter’s Instagram post.
It was not immediately clear why Chuck Liddell was charged or held on bond if police had determined that Heidi Northcott was the aggressor. It is possible for both parties in an domestic violence incident to be charged or cited, though it’s relatively uncommon.
It’s also not clear why, specifically, police issued Heidi Northcott a ticket. More details are likely to emerge when she appears before a judge, though no court date has been made known publicly.
Liddell did not respond to questions from reporters when he was released from the Lost Hills Sheriff’s Station in Los Angeles, though he reportedly pumped his fist in the air before driving away. Whether he returned to the family’s Hidden Hills home has not been determined.
The fighter said in his Instagram post that details from the incident will emerge “in due course” but asked for now that the media and public allow him some distance.
“Please respect our privacy as I help to navigate our family through this difficult time,” he wrote.
According to TMZ, the domestic violence incident in the early hours of Monday morning began when the couple returned home from a party.
He later returned to the ring in a 2018 bout against rival Tito Ortiz, but was knocked out the first round. In 2020, “the Iceman” announced he again enter retirement. Certainly, his return to the public eye this week may complicate plans for a comeback in the future.
While Chuck Liddell has been a mainstay of the professional fighting world for years, Heidi Northcott is a mostly private individual. The 41-year-old is reportedly a professional poker player and previously worked in digital marketing.
The couple has two children, both younger than 11, according to reports.
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