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Christy Mack responds to 'War Machine' letter on HBO's 'Real Sports,' reveals she wants him locked up for 15-20 years

Christy Mack appeared on HBO's "Real Sports" last night (Tues., July 21, 2015) to recall the traumatic events from the alleged attack by her ex-boyfriend and former UFC/Bellator welterweight, War Machine, in an emotional interview.


Adult film star, Christy Mack has been in recovery for the last year after suffering severe injuries from an alleged attack and rape by her former boyfriend, War Machine (John Koppehaver), which left her hospitalized with a broken nose, missing teeth and a ruptured liver.

War Machine was arrested on Aug. 15, 2014, after a week-long manhunt. The former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) and Bellator MMA Welterweight is currently awaiting a trial set to begin sometime in October where he will face 32 counts, including two counts of attempted murder.

Mack, 24, spoke publicly for the first time on Tuesday night's episode of HBO's "Real Sports" in an episode dubbed, "Outside the Cage," which took a deeper look at domestic violence involving mixed martial arts (MMA) athletes. Mack had an extremely difficult time recalling the traumatic events of last year's violent encounter in a sit-down interview with David Scott.

"I couldn't breathe," she told Scott as she began to cry, explaining what happened after being kicked by War Machine. "I couldn't catch my breath. I started convulsing. At that point I felt like I was going to die."

The South Chicago Heights native testified at a preliminary hearing in January and explained that her convalescence is far from complete.

"I still have a few more surgeries to go through and a lot of healing time," Mack said. "I don't have my permanent teeth yet, either. While I have made a tremendous recovery in this amount of time, I think a lot of this is because I want to be better."

Scott revealed that HBO received a handwritten letter from War Machine, claiming he was a "victim of railroading" and if not for the "media circus" surrounding the alleged attack, he would be facing "two to five years for domestic violence battery not 32 bullshit charges."

The "Real Sports" correspondent/producer read the rest of the letter to Mack.

"I make an easy villain," said Scott, reading War Machine's words from the letter. "I'm outspoken. "I'm a professional fighter. I'm a felon. I have tattoos and my nickname is War Machine. This has turned into a gold mine for her. She's raised over a $100,000 for her bills, yet she has full coverage and needs no surgery. No one in this story is innocent. We are dealing with a money-making publicity stunt and an irresponsible, overzealous court, and tons of bullshit."

Mack first gave a response to War Machine's "goldmine" remark, saying,"I don't understand how I can be making so much money If I can't work. I haven't been able to make public appearances until recently. The money that was raised — a huge portion of it was donated to charities of my choice and funded one of my friends, Joy, who went with me to the "Face Forward" charity event. I flew her out. She now has her own charity, "Empowered and Beautiful," which I completely funded."

Mack, who has several tattoos herself, said it's not War Machine's appearance nor his former profession as a fighter that are responsible for the charges levied against him. On the contrary, the reason he is currently in jail awaiting a trial that could keep incarcerated for a very long time are his criminal actions.

"As for him being made out to be a villain because he has tattoos and he is a fighter, I have tattoos and I was a porn star," Mack told Scott. "What makes him more of a villain than me? The point is: He broke the law. That's what makes him the villain. It's not his job or his looks, it's the fact that he did something wrong. As for all the counts, I believe that all the counts are valid or they wouldn't have stood. His attorney asked for two to five years and, of course, the DA's office asked me how I felt about it and I told them I was not comfortable with it. There was no way I would feel comfortable with him getting out in five years and not killing me. So, I told them the only way I would feel comfortable with was 15 to 20, so that is what they are standing with."

The past year has taken a tremendous toll on Mack, who said, "every day a part of me wants to quit." But, she is determined to see the whole legal process through for a very important reason, which is quite unsettling when you hear her say it.

"Because if he ever gets out he will kill me."

A "Property of War Machine" tattoo was once displayed on her right shoulder, but Mack had it covered up with a different one. And she now sports a shaved head, which she says is a symbol of rebirth.

"I don't want to be known as that girl who got her ass beat," she declared. "That is not what I want to be known as. I want to be the strong beautiful woman that I was before."


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