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Hunted, 30, acccused Mitchell of domestic battery, leaving her covered in bruises and and a black eye
45-year-old Mitchell has released the footage of Mary Hunt hitting herself, evidence her injuries were self-inflicted
Mitchell called off the engagement to a furious Hunt last summer
Hunt charged with grand theft, October, 2015
Suit seeks to recover $4million in stolen items plus damages
Millionaire businessman Scott Mitchell, has released video of his former fiancee hitting herself in the face during a temper tantrum to rubbish claims he abused her. Scott Mitchell, 45, has released the footage of Mary Hunt, 30, supposedly beating herself up as part of a tense legal battle.
According to Hunt, the pair met on Match.com in October 2013, and she was swept off her feet. She claims Mitchell showed her bank balances totaling more than $150 million and insisted that she quit her job, she said. She was a medical sales rep, selling coronary devices for Boston Scientific.
He proposed in December 2013, she said, and she moved in with him the next month. They were supposed to be married last summer, but mitchell called off the engagement.
Scott Mitchell, has released video showing ex- fiancee Mary Hunt, hitting herself in the head, in response to claims of battery
The bad blood between them began after their nasty breakup. Mitchell accused Hunt of stealing millions of dollars worth of diamonds, jewels and gold from his home safe. Mary said he set her up.
The Tampa Bay, Florida based Mitchell alleges that Hunt stole $2.1million worth of jewelry from the safe in his sprawling mansion when they split last summer. Last summer, Mitchell, 45, reported the loss of 99 three-diamond necklaces, 147 gold rings, 172 diamonds and other jewelry after he and Hunt broke up.
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He sued her in two jurisdictions, the Pinellas-Pasco Circuit Court and in the U.S. District Court in Tampa, for grand theft, naming her parents Linda and Michael Hunt as co-respondents in a $6 million lawsuit in which Mitchell seeks treble damages.
Hunt, 30, initially invoked her Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination.
She has now opened up. In a 32-page federal court affidavit, she describes Mitchell as an abusive boyfriend who made false accusations when he didn’t get his way.
“We had a tumultuous relationship and Mitchell was never truly satisfied with me because he could not control me,” she said, alleging that he vacillated between being “lovey dovey” and threatening.
She accused him of editing his security video to set her up, withholding camera angles that might have exculpated her. Speaking through her attorney Barry Cohen, Hunt says Mitchell cooked up the story to get back at her, after she left him. They have asked a federal judge to delay trial in the lawsuit for a complete airing of facts.
Mitchell’s attorney, Todd Foster, says the new clip is evidence the injuries were self-inflicted.
In the recently released security footage, Hunt is seen screaming on the bed during a temper tantrum. His lawyer claims this shows injuries she claims were from Mitchell’s violence were actually self-inflicted
Mitchell has accused ex-fiancee Mary Hunt (right) of stealing $2.1million worth of jewelry from his safe when they broke up last summer
Foster in an interview said: ‘The explanation for the black eye is now very different.
‘There is no evidence that he ever beat her,’ he added. ‘This video now demonstrates that she is striking herself in the same area of the face and head that they allege Scott struck her.’
On her part, Hunt has claimed Mitchell was violent towards her, giving her black eyes and bruises, before he broke off the wedding in August.
Her legal team have now hired a forensic expert who used to work for the FBI to look into more footage as their legal battle heats up.
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Mary told police the same thing. “I’ve never seen a vault room or a safe room or went near it and he has camera’s 24/7 in his home so if I was anywhere near it the cameras would have me on it.”But Mary does have Scott on cell phone video kicking her out of his home, tearing up her clothes, and even charging at her.
“You’re being violent; stop!” Mary is heard saying on the cell phone video.
But what are the merits of Scott’s federal case against his ex?
Mary told police their tumultuous relationship was filled with abuse, manipulation, and false accusations.
“He’s accused me of a lot of things. It’s a way he controls me,” said Mary.
Hunt has spoken out about the alleged abuse in the past. She told the TV station in June: ‘There were so many times when I wanted to give up, but I couldn’t do it anymore and I think about how much he would have wanted this.’
Court records also show it’s not the first time Mitchell has made inflammatory claims resulting in a lawsuit. He once created a blog accusing a former business associate and his wife of having sex parties and running a prostitution ring from their home. The case was quietly settled.
In his lawsuit Mitchell claims her parents helped Linda hide the high-end jewels after she was sent packing. Ssurveillance footage shows Hunt and her mother mailing a package at a UPS store in Florida on August 11.
They told the clerk they were trying to send a laptop and antique plate, and were hoping to insure the package for the maximum $50,000. When they were told the insurance cost, they then dropped coverage to $3,000, the paper reports.
Mitchell provides a recording he claims, of a phone call a drunk Michael Hunt made tio his home. During the conversation he said Michael Hunt told him that UPS had delivered a box of jewels to his home on Pirates Point, Virginia. In a recording, Hunt says: ‘These are bracelets, these are diamonds, they’re every … thing.’
Mitchell has said the jewelry was stolen from the safe inside his sprawling Florida home.
At that point, the millionaire said he checked his safe room and realized his jewels and gold, which he said he had bought from struggling jewelers during the recession in 2008, were missing.
Mr Hunt later told officers that he knew nothing about a package and he had been drunk for several days when he made the call.
Police searching his home later uncovered an empty UPS box addressed to M Hunt. Mitchell, CEO of salon products company Simply Organic, was in a relationship with Mary Hunt for two years.
He claimed he paid for everything, including her mortgage, credit card debt, health insurance and even let her drive his 2015 Mercedes Benz.
The businessman even gave her the combination to his safe room, he claims.
Hunt was charged with grand theft in October. The lawsuit is claiming costs to recover the stolen items plus damages for a total of $4million.
Hunt has claims 45-year-old Mitchell was abusive, leaving her black eyes and bruises, before he called off the wedding last August
The bad blood between them began after their nasty breakup. Mitchell accused Hunt of stealing millions of dollars worth of diamonds, jewels and gold from his home safe. Mary said he set her up.Hunt had described some of the alleged abuse in an interview she granted to FOX 13 in June:
“There were so many times when I wanted to give up, but I couldn’t do it anymore and I think about how much he would have wanted this,” explained a tearful Mary Hunt.
Mitchell’s attorney, Todd Foster said the newly-released video of Hunt is telling.
“The explanation for the black eye is now very different,” Foster said, referring to a black eye Hunt claimed was given to her by an abusive Mitchell.
But Foster says the bumps and bruises were self-inflicted.
“There is no evidence that he ever beat her,” said Foster. “This video now demonstrates that she is striking herself in the same area of the face and head that they allege Scott struck her.”
Foster also went after a video expert hired by Mary Hunt’s defense team. Stephen Coleman worked for United States Forensics and analyzed home surveillance video that may show Mary Hunt removing items from the home.
Hunt’s attorney Coleman, believes the video may have been altered or tampered with, but can’t be sure because he never received the original video.
After the emergence video of Scott Mitchell having a meltdown. Now there’s video of Mary Hunt having one, too.
Hunt was charged with grand theft in October. The lawsuit is claiming costs to recover the stolen items plus damages for a total of $4million. A date for the trial has not been set.