UFC boss Dana White has been named in a lawsuit as the alleged victim in a $330,000 ($US200,000) sex tape blackmail plot.
The claim made against the MMA chief has been denied by White as “bull****”.
Reports in the US detail a case filed on Friday by Ernesto Joshua Ramos, who accuses the Las Vegas businessman of failing to pay him for not disclosing his name during a 2015 extortion case, The Sun reports.
This new lawsuit alleges White agreed to pay $750,000 to avoid being named as the plot’s victim, according to court documents seen by Las Vegas Review-Journal.
The original blackmail scheme centred around an unnamed businessman in the Vegas area being told to pay more than $300,000 to prevent a supposed sex tape of an “overseas rendezvous with an adult nightclub dancer” being released.
It was claimed that the woman involved was Ramos’ girlfriend and that she secretly filmed an encounter in Brazil.
Documents included in the lawsuit claimed White, who was married, had seen the woman at the nightclub several times previously and paid her large sums of money to dance for him.
Estate agent and personal trainer Ramos, 42, was then arrested for the threat and pleaded guilty in federal court before serving a 366-day prison sentence.
This latest lawsuit claims: “The actions of White were fraudulent, oppressive and designed to encourage Ramos to plead guilty so he could negotiate a substantial settlement, which would prevent the disclosure of his actions at trial for the personal benefit of White and his related businesses and interest.”
In response to the suit being officially launched, 50-year-old White, who married wife Anne in 1996, dismissed it as “bull****”.
UFC president Dana White helped turn Conor McGregor into a megastar.Source:AFP
A statement read: “I just found out that a bull**** lawsuit was filed against me yesterday.
“This guy went to federal prison for trying to extort me over five years ago. Now he’s hired a lawyer who is also a convicted felon, and he’s trying to extort me again for $10 million ($AUD16.7 million).
“He got no money from me last time and he won’t be getting any money from me this time.
“I look forward to the court dismissing this quickly so I can get rid of these scumbags forever.”
— This story originally appeared in thesun.co.uk and has been republished with permission
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