(CNN) A Las Vegas jury on Monday handed down a mixed verdict for mixed martial arts fighter War Machine. He was found guilty in the 2014 beating of his ex-girlfriend and her male friend, but the jury was deadlocked on the most serious charges of attempted murder with a deadly weapon.
After eight days of testimony and almost two days of deliberations, War Machine, who changed his name from Jonathan Koppenhaver, was found guilty on 29 of 34 charges — including domestic violence, sexual assault, kidnapping and coercing witnesses — in the beatings of porn star Christy Mack and her friend Corey Thomas in August 2014.
War Machine, 35, did not take the stand, but his attorneys admitted he assaulted the pair after storming into Mack’s home and finding her in bed with Thomas.
Jay Leiderman, War Machine’s lawyer, said brain injuries and a cocktail of drugs — including Adderall, Lexapro, and steroids — combined with rage and shock and led to a situation in which “someone loses their mind.”
Prosecutors said there is no proof War Machine was under the influence of drugs at the time of the attack, and contended Mack endured abuse on multiple occasions over the span of the couple’s 15-month relationship.
War Machine will remain jailed until his sentencing.
Mack, 25, whose real names is Christine Mackinday, told the jury how War Machine first pummeled Thomas and then turned his rage on her, beating her for two hours before she could run to a neighbor for help.
By the time the incident was over, Mack said, she was left with missing teeth, a broken eye socket, a fra
ctured rib and a ruptured liver. She also said War Machine tried to rape her at knifepoint, but was unable to follow through.
Mack told the jury, “I just remember being right in front of the shower like I was about to stand up and he kicked me in the ribs so hard that I fell over.”
Mack added, “He looks at me and says now I have to kill you, I’ve gone too far. You can’t be seen like this. Everyone’s gonna know.”
War Machine will remain behind bars until his sentencing. According to the prosecutor, Clark County Chief Deputy District Attorney Jacqueline Bluth, he faces the possibility of life in prison without parole, despite the jury’s indecision on the attempted murder charges.
HOLLYWOOD, CA – The controversial heavy metal and hardcore punk group THE
CHEMICAL CLOWNZ, known for their crude shock rock stage performances, have
signed a deal to release their debut album with DSN Music.
The forthcoming project “GLUTTON OF SIN” will feature 18 tracks,
showcasing their lewd and crude behavior, the band has grown a reputation
for on the west coast. THE CHEMICAL CLOWNZ have had a popular live show
for several years now, performing on stage with similar acts such as GREEN
JELLŸ, and GWAR.
THE CHEMICAL CLOWNZ are identified by their distinctively grotesque clown
costumes, with singer and lead guitarist WARPO, Drummer TORCHO, Bassist
WACKO, and WIZZO on guitar. Scantily dressed women in chains, with black
tape over their mouths, often join the stage show, where WARPO is known to
conduct his often obscene, and indecent acts before the audience. The band
signed their deal with the label fully dressed in makeup at the
Arizona-based DSN Media Center, shocking many at the professional business
“I had to work with a label who actually had balls, and wouldn’t puss out
on our act” said lead throat WARPO, at Jumbo’s Clown Room in Hollywood.
“DSN gets it, and are 100% behind our cutting edge stage show, explicit
lyrics and presentation, none of this politically correct bullshit!”
“GLUTTON OF SIN” from THE CHEMICAL CLOWNZ, goes on sale worldwide this
April, via online and mobile music outlets such as iTunes, Amazon, Google
Play, Spotify, eMusic and hundreds more.
Following on his historic reunion with the classic MISFITS lineup attended by record numbers at last year’s Riot Fest in Denver and Chicago as well as the recent confirmation of a headlining set at this year’s “Blackest Of The Black” festival, Glenn Danzig has now confirmed the title and release date of first DANZIG album of all new material since 2010’s widely acclaimed “Deth Red Sabaoth”. “Black Laden Crown”, 50 minutes of long-awaited brand new DANZIG music, will be released mid-May on Evilive Records/Nuclear Blast Entertainment.
The details of “Black Laden Crown” follow on the announcement of DANZIG’s “Blackest Of The Black” festival: two days of non-stop music and mayhem taking place at Oak Canyon Park in Silverado, California on May 26 and may 27. DANZIG will close the festivities May 27, headlining a bill featuring more than 20 artists playing amidst a full scale takeover and transformation of the park grounds featuring literally dozens of attractions, vendors, performers, and other surprises musical and otherwise.
“Blackest Of The Black” promises to create a site-wide atmosphere like no festival before or since. A full rundown of performers and attractions will be announced shortly.
This June also marks the 25th anniversary of “Danzig III: How The Gods Kill”. “How The Gods Kill” was the first DANZIG album to crack Billboard’s Top 30 and the first DANZIG album produced by the band’s frontman and namesake Glenn Danzig himself. In honor of this momentous occasion, DANZIG will play a select handful of shows this summer and will perform many songs from “How The Gods Kill”.
In a 2015 interview with Noisey, Glenn Danzig was asked what it is that keeps him coming back to the creative well. He responded: “It’s so many different things. There’s always stuff to write about, but I think that the whole punk thing helped a lot. If it gets boring, change it, fix it, make it exciting, make it relevant again, and that’s what I did without sacrificing the music. That’s what I try to do. I try to do stuff where first thing is I’m excited about the record, and then I hope that the people who listen to my music are gonna dig it too. That’s pretty much how I go into doing a record, and I don’t do a new record until I have stuff to write about it. I don’t force myself to do a record. Someone doesn’t come to me and say, ‘Hey, it’s been a year or two since your last record. You’ve gotta write a record and put one out in a couple of months.’ No one comes to me and says that to me.”
Asked if that attitude of not forcing the creative process is something that’s always been there for him, Danzig said: “Yeah. I mean, I used to do it on a more frequent basis. [Laughs] But I think even back in the MISFITS and SAMHAIN days, I put out a record every two years, I think. The same thing with DANZIG, too, where I put out a record every two years. Later on it became further and further apart, but that’s just the way it worked out. I think in between ‘Danzig IV’ and ‘V’ was probably a two-year period, and then between ‘V’ and ‘VI’ was probably a three-year period. It seems to be now it’s gone to four or five. I think one of the things also was for ‘Deth Red’ we toured a lot over those years. Not two or three months at a time, but we just kept getting offers to go to Europe and then back to America. The record did pretty well for me, especially the way it was received, so hopefully the next one will be the same.”
Glenn’s covers record, “Skeletons”, was released in November 2015 in North America via Nuclear Blast Entertainment/Evilive Music. A labor of love that dates back to 1979, “Skeletons” saw Danzig pulling back the curtain behind his influences with a collection of ten covers spanning artists as diverse as Elvis Presley, ZZ TOP, and AEROSMITH to BLACK SABBATH, THE TROGGS, THE EVERLY BROTHERS, and more.