She Claimed Publicly That Her Millionaire Boyfriend Beat Her, But This Video Proved She Was Lying

She Claimed Publicly That Her Millionaire Boyfriend Beat Her, But This Video Proved She Was Lying

Domestic abuse is a very serious thing and it should be treated as such. However, like all crimes, there must be a presumption of innocence, due process and evidence. Unfortunately, the atmosphere surrounding crimes perpetrated against women is undeniably charged and there can be a rush to judgment. One such instance has seemingly occurred when a woman claimed that her former fiancé beat her… Until he released footage of her beating herself up, hoping to convince others that she was the victim of abuse.


From the Daily Mail:

A millionaire has released video of his former fiancee hitting herself in the face during a temper tantrum to rubbish claims he abused her.

Scott Mitchell, 45, has released the footage of Mary Hunt, 29, supposedly beating herself up as part of a tense legal battle.

The businessman from Tampa Bay, Florida, has accused her of stealing $2.1million worth of jewelry from the safe in his sprawling mansion when they split last summer.

Hunt has claimed Mitchell was violent towards her, giving her black eyes and bruises, before he broke off the wedding in August.

But his attorney says the new clip is evidence the injuries were self-inflicted.

Todd Foster told FOX 13: ‘The explanation for the black eye is now very different.

‘There is no evidence that he ever beat her,’ he added. ‘This video now demonstrates that she is striking herself in the same area of the face and head that they allege Scott struck her.’

They have now hired a forensic expert who used to work for the FBI to look into more footage as their legal battle heats up.

Hunt has spoken out about the alleged abuse in the past.

She told the TV station in June: ‘There were so many times when I wanted to give up, but I couldn’t do it anymore and I think about how much he would have wanted this.’

Earlier this year, Mitchell filed a lawsuit against the 29-year-old, and her parents Linda and Michael Hunt.

He claims helped her hide the high-end jewels which include 99 three-diamond necklaces, 147 gold rings and 172 loose diamonds.

After she was sent packing, surveillance footage shows Hunt and her mother mailing a package at a UPS store in Florida on August 11.

They told the clerk they were trying to send a laptop and antique plate, and were hoping to insure the package for the maximum $50,000. When they were told the insurance cost, they then dropped coverage to $3,000, the paper reports.

Mitchell told police he received a drunken call from her father around a week later

During the conversation he said Michael Hunt told him that UPS had delivered a box of jewels to his home on Pirates Point, Virginia.

In a recording, provided by Mitchell, Hunt says: ‘These are bracelets, these are diamonds, they’re every … thing.’

At that point, the millionaire said he checked his safe room and realized his jewels and gold – which he said he had bought from struggling jewelers during the recession in 2008 – were missing.

Mr Hunt later told officers that he knew nothing about a package and he had been drunk for several days when he made the call.

Police searching his home later uncovered an empty UPS box addressed to M Hunt.

Mitchell, CEO of salon products company Simply Organic, was in a relationship with Mary Hunt for two years.

He claimed he paid for everything, including her mortgage, credit card debt, health insurance and even let her drive his 2015 Mercedes Benz.

The businessman even gave her the combination to his safe room, he claims.

Hunt was charged with grand theft in October. The lawsuit is claiming costs to recover the stolen items plus damages for a total of $4million

This does not mean that there are not instances of very serious abuse against women occurring throughout the country.

What we should remember, however, is that allegations alone prove nothing and we must be judicious in our rush to judgment and work to retain a presumption of innocence until all facts are in and the justice system has ensured proper due process.

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