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Rape-accused 'War Machine' says sex with adult star was consensual

Mackinday and Koppenhaver before the incident in August, 2014
Mackinday and Koppenhaver before the incident in August, 2014

A former MMA fighter accused of assaulting his porn actress ex-girlfriend has said he cannot be accused of raping her due to her profession and her propensity for rough sex.

Jonathan Koppenhaver, also known as War Machine, is in court accused of the sexual assault of his former partner Christine Mackinday. 

His defence, according to the Las Vegas Review Journal, argued that Mackinday's work in adult films suggests she enjoys rough sex and disqualifies her from accusing him of rape. 

They are arguing that the sex between the pair was consensual. 

During trial on Monday, Koppenhaver bizarrely blew a kiss at the Chief Deputy District Attorney. 

"Judge, for the record, Mr. Koppenhaver just blew a kiss at me," Jacqueline Bluth interrupted.

Defense attorney Brandon Sua said he didn't see it.

"I'm not going to make up that he blew a kiss at me, which I find offensive," Bluth said.

Koppenhaver faces 34 charges, which stem from allegations stretching as far back as May 2013, including five counts of sexual assault and two counts of attempted murder.

Prosecutors allege the MMA fighter brutally beat the adult film actress and her friend Corey Thomas.

The former UFC and Bellator competitor turned up at Mack's Las Vegas home on August 8, 2014, but was upset the adult star was with another man. 

"At about 2 am Friday morning, Jon Koppenhaver arrived unannounced to my home in Las Vegas, NV, after he broke up with me in May, he moved out of my house and back to San Diego", she wrote on Twitter at the time.  

He allegedly flew into a rage and beat the other man present for ten minutes. During this time Mackinday was able to access a phone and call police. He then instructed the man to leave before allegedly assaulting Mackinday. 

She suffered a blowout fracture of her left eye and several other broken bones in her face, two missing teeth, a lacerated liver, broken ribs and serious bruising in several places, the Journal reports. 

Defence lawyers for Koppenhaver argue, due Mackinday's line of work and the fact she used to engage in rough sex with Koppenhaver, that this points to consent. 

However, the prosecution argues that whatever acts she engaged in during her employment shouldn't be a reason for Koppenhaver to to do what he allegedly did to her. 

"Because she consented to those acts through her course of employment does not mean the defendant is then entitled to think he can do that to her," Bluth said. "You can't make that leap."

The accused was arrested a week after the assault and has been in custody ever since. The trail continues.