No charges will be brought against UFC Hall of Fame inductee and former undisputed light heavyweight champion, Chuck ‘The Iceman’ Liddell after the Santa Barbara native was arrested earlier this month in relation to an alleged domestic violence disturbance incident involving him and his wife, Heidi Northcott at their residence.
Per a report obtained by ESPN MMA from the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office, no charges will be filed against Liddell in relation to the alleged domestic violence incident. The 51-year-old filed for divorce from Northcott on Friday last in the Los Angeles Superior Court.
Per the document obtained, prosecution will not be pursued against either Liddell nor Northcott, who were both listed as suspects, due to a “lack of sufficient evidence“. Liddell and Northcott were both listed as facing possible charges of intimate partner violence.
Law enforcement officers responded to a call regarding an alleged residential domestic violence incident at Liddell and Northcott’s residence, with the former brought into policecustody, charging him with domestic battery. On the morning of the alleged incident,
Liddell posted bond of $20,000, resulting in his release from the Lost Hills Sheriff Station.
Northcott did not require medical attention following the alleged incident involving her and Liddell, with the report detailing how she had no visible injuries as a result of the alleged altercation, while a “slight red mark on his (Liddell’s) cheek and a small red mark near his chest” present. Liddell and Northcott had both accused one another of being the aggressor during the alleged incident, which was described as a “minor domestic violence incident“.
Posting a statement on his official Instagram account following his posting of bond, Liddell explained that he was the victim in the alleged altercation, and volunteered to be brought into police custody in place of Northcott.
“Last night the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department deputies who responded were professional,” Liddell’s statement read. “While the information about this case will be revealed in due course, I believe it is important to convey and clarify a few facts about the situation.“
“I was the victim of the incident last night at our family home, as details of the case will reveal. 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.“
“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. Please respect our privacy as I help to navigate our family through this difficult time.“