Former UFC and Strikeforce middleweight Jason “Mayhem” Miller pleaded not guilty to two counts of domestic abuse at an arraignment in Orange County yesterday, where Judge Andre Manssourian repeatedly chastised the fighter for odd courtroom behavior. According to SciFighting.com, Miller loudly protested, “Judge, I am an artist,” after Manssourian agreed with the district attorney that his social media activity suggested he was a threat to society.
At issue were three different Twitter posts: one reading, “IF YOU ARE READING THIS WITH FEAR IN YOUR HEART, MAYBE’LL KILL YOU”—allegedly posted when Miller’s Twitter handle was “Maybe”—one that said, “SOME PEOPLE PREFER PRISONERS OVER PARTNERS. IF THEY CAN’T HAVE YOU, NO ONE CAN. CAN’T KILL MAYBE,” and a third reading, simply, “DIE DIE DIE.”
Prosecution argued that these posts were directed at Ana Pricilla, who claims Miller choked, punched, kicked and urinated on her at his home. Citing Miller’s father as a witness, the defense argued that Pricilla had attacked Miller after being asked to leave. At that point, Judge Manssourian chastised Miller for making faces and rapid head movements.
It was not the first time in the proceedings that Miller behaved erratically. SciFighter’s Adam Brennan reported that Miller looked around wildly “with eyes full of confusion” upon entering the courtroom and told his attorney it was “imperative” that he be released that night. On more than one occasion, Miller was silenced by his attorney or instructed by the judge to keep quiet.
Miller’s courtroom demeanor did not appear to help his case. Defense argued that bruises and lacerations on Pricilla resulted from her own MMA training and pointed out that Miller had taken out a restraining order against her, as had several of her past boyfriends. Apparently unconvinced, Manssourian placed a protective order on Pricilla and set Miller’s bail at $100,000. As of press time, he remained in jail.