Chael Sonnen’s legal problems might not be over after all.
A man claiming to be a Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas employee is suing Chael Sonnen in civil court.
On December 8, Joshua Olds filed a civil case for assault and battery in Clark County (Nev.) District Court against Sonnen and unidentified parties. In addition, he is suing the Four Seasons Hotel for negligence. He demands a jury trial for undisclosed damages.
Olds alleges in the lawsuit, that the MMA icon hit him in the jaw during the alleged incident. Additionally, Sonnen is presently dealing with civil allegations in connection with an alleged incident on Dec. 18 that included a number of people.
According to the complaint, Olds is a maintenance worker at the Four Seasons Hotel. Olds was working when a “guest” of Sonnen “initiated a physical altercation” with him. Sonnen punched him which caused serious injuries that “necessitated significant medical care and treatment.”
According to Sonnen’s attorney Dayvid Figler, it is uncertain at this moment if Olds is a party to the case against Sonnen. The case was extended on Wednesday in Clark County criminal court awaiting the possibility of a plea bargain with prosecutors.
There was was incident that took place on December 18 at the Four Seasons and involves five victims. Sonnen is charged with four counts of misdemeanor battery. After many of the claimed victims decided to file complaints, Sonnen was not arrested but instead cited for battery.
Christopher and Julie Stellpflug are two of the claimed victims. They sued Sonnen in civil court on the grounds that he strangled Christopher Stellpflug and punched both of them. According to the Stellpflugs, Sonnen allegedly punched another visitor. When security was called Sonnen allegedly got into it with them and attacked a number of security personnel who tried to step in.
According to the Las Vegas Review Journal, prosecutors decided to dismiss a felony battery by strangulation charge against Sonnen. This is because they thought Stellpflug’s injuries were not serious enough. According to the couple’s attorney Kory Kaplan, the misdemeanor battery charges were also dropped. However, the civil lawsuit is still active and is in discovery.
Sonnen has not made any public statements about his legal issues. He is not working as an ESPN commentator at this time but has continued to make appearances on his YouTube channel.