It used to be that mere allegations of abuse and domestic violence were enough to ruin the life of an accused individual, and though that still holds true to an extent, thanks to the increasing prevalence of home security camera systems, such accusations are less likely to succeed.
Take for example the story of Florida millionaire Scott Mitchell, CEO of Simply Organic, who was recently accused of physical abuse by his former fiancée Mary Hunt after he had broken off their relationship following accusations that she had stolen jewelry from him.
According to the U.K. Daily Mail, Hunt accused Mitchell of routinely being violent toward her, alleging that he beat her and even gave her a black eye.
Little did she realize that Mitchell possessed footage from his surveillance cameras seemingly disproving her allegations, as some footage appeared to show her brutally beating herself in a fit of hysterical rage while alone in a bedroom.
In an interview with WTVT, Mitchell’s attorney Todd Foster stated, “There is no evidence that he ever beat her. This video now demonstrates that she is striking herself in the same area of the face and head that they allege Scott struck her.”
The allegations of abuse were just the latest in a protracted and heated legal battle between Mitchell and Hunt regarding upward of $2 million worth of jewelry that the millionaire said his ex-fiancée and her parents stole from him.
After realizing that some of the jewelry he owned had gone missing, Mitchell caught Hunt and her mother mailing a package from a local UPS store, a package that they had insured for $50,000.
Mitchell filed a lawsuit against Hunt, as well as parents Linda and Michael Hunt, alleging that the trio had worked together to steal 99 diamond necklaces, 147 gold rings and at least 172 loose diamonds from him.
It remained to be seen whether Hunt and her parents really did steal the jewelry from Mitchell, or if Mitchell actually did physically abuse Hunt.
As it stands now, all appearances seem to indicate a spoiled and spiteful woman lashing out at a wealthy man after her free ride came to a screeching halt when he realized she was exploiting his love and generosity for her own financial gain.
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