HPD Receives Report on BJ Penn Allegations
The Hawai’i Police Department has initiated a second-degree sexual assault investigation after receiving a report from the Delaware County Sheriff’s Department in Ohio relating to allegations made against UFC fighter BJ Penn.
Because no charges have been filed, Penn’s name, nor the name of the accuser or victim, were not confirmed by an HPD spokesperson.
Back in February, former BJPENN.com employee Pedro Carrasco tweeted out allegations of sexual assault involving Penn and Carrasco’s girlfriend. The mixed martial arts fighter’s team responded with a statement of its own, denying the allegations and claiming that the accusations were an attempt to “extort him.”
In response, UFC put plans of Penn’s return from retirement to the octagon on hold. The promotion launched an investigation into the allegations, but announced last week that it could not find anything to corroborate the accusations.
Before announcing the findings of its investigation, the UFC revealed that Penn would return at UFC 199 in Los Angeles, Calif. on June 4. The 37-year-old former champion is scheduled to face Dennis Siver, also 37 years old.
UFC officials have not responded to a request for comment on HPD’s investigation.