Andrea Lee has broken her silence regarding her husband’s domestic violence charges.
Donny Aaron, the UFC fighter’s spouse, was officially charged with one count of domestic battery abuse and one count of false imprisonment by the Shreveport (La.) Police Department on Monday, stemming from an incident that occurred in the early morning of Aug. 5.
Lee said in her statement Wednesday that her family is dealing with the situation and she is asking for privacy. Lee and Aaron have been married for about five years and have a daughter together.
“My family and I are handling the situation to the best of our ability, as this is a very sensitive issue and one that as a public figure I wish was not taking place in a public forum,” Lee wrote. “I respectfully ask that everyone respects our privacy at this time as we work towards resolutions and closure.”
Aaron, 43, has not been arrested, but there is a warrant out for his arrest. Shreveport PD said in a press release Monday that he is believed to be in Georgia. Police are asking anyone with knowledge of his whereabouts to call investigators at 318-673-6955. Aaron is also Lee’s MMA coach.
MMA fighter Andy Nguyen confirmed with MMA Fighting, after a report by MyMMANews.com last week, that she told police Aaron had attacked Lee following an argument Aug. 5. Nguyen, who lived with Lee and Aaron in Shreveport, said she told officers that Aaron tried burning Lee’s arm and body with a cigarette and later choked her.
“He was trying to choke her, but she was defending herself well,” Nguyen’s statement read. “She didn’t get beat up bad. The police did take pictures of marks on her neck. Wasn’t bad this time. No black eyes or anything but he has hit her before. I just wasn’t there. He was my coach and my friend. This was the first time this was in [my] presence and I was not going to let this fly.
“The domestic violence has been going on for years. I just never saw it.”
Nguyen said in the statement that Lee and Aaron were arguing all week and Aaron would not let Lee leave the house to train.
In her statement Wednesday, Lee thanked everyone who has reached out for their support. Lee, 29, intimated that this situation will not affect her career in the UFC.
“I look forward to returning to the Octagon and resuming my winning ways in the near future,” Lee said. “Competing has always been a sanctuary for me and brings great joy to my life.”
Aaron made headlines earlier this year after photos surfaced of Nazi tattoos on his arms. He and Lee both apologized for the tattoos, saying he got them in prison. But Aaron said he would not remove them.
This is not Aaron’s first run-in with the law. The ex-cop and former Muay Thai champion was found guilty of negligent homicide with a firearm in 2009 after shooting a man multiple times and killing him after an altercation near Aaron’s home. He was arrested in 2007, while on trial for that crime, for allegedly battering his ex-wife’s fiancé.