Former 2012 Miss United States, Brittany Nicole Poteet, has just been charged for allegedly assaulting her boyfriend in Sydney, Australia.
Police say the beauty queen assaulted her 29-year-old boyfriend, Wade McKenzie, on December 16th in a Sydney suburb—and it was not a mild scuffle.
Apparently, she inflicted “actual bodily harm.”
McKenzie filed an apprehended violence order, AVO, against Poteet, which legally protects him from any further harm, violence, or harassment.
According to Fox News, Poteet is a Virginia native and graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University with a double degree in biomedical and nuclear science.
The 29-year-old Miss USA moved to Australia in 2014, working as an event coordinator for the Australian Solar Council and an HR consultant for Cadden Crowe.
But this isn't the pageant queen's first legal battle...
In 2013, Poteet was arrested in Richmond County, Virginia, and charged with misdemeanor assault and battery after an altercation with her boyfriend at the time, James McElroy.
However, when McElroy was called on to testify in court that May, he said he 'couldn't remember' what happened, and the charges were dropped.
According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, one in four men are victims of physical violence by an intimate partner at some point within their lifetime.
However, the National Domestic Violence Hotline reported that in recent years, only 13% of documented domestic violence cases were from men. It cited masculine stereotypes and out-dated social norms as a couple reasons why men don't report or follow through with domestic violence cases.
Sadly, in addition to her alleged assaults, Poteet was also accused of “gay-bashing” her roommate, Derek Powell, in 2011.
Powell told Think Progress that Poteet became “extremely violent and physical” and directed “homophobic slurs” at him and his boyfriend. Think Progress reported that Poteet “repeatedly denied” those allegations.
She added that she likes gay people:
“The guy that’s in my pageant office is gay and he’s my best friend in the world, I talk to him every day.”
2011 held yet another hiccup for Poteet, when she was forced to return her Miss United States crown after reportedly posting a picture with the caption, “Miss Alcoholic USA”.
Director of the Miss United States Pageant Organization, Chris Wilbur, made a statement about the incident to NBC:
“[Her] character was not a good fit for the organization so we gave her the option to change or leave. She chose to leave.”
Fox News reported that Poteet appeared before NSW Deputy Chief Magistrate Christopher O’Brien in court on Wednesday, however she has yet to enter her plea of “guilty” or “not guilty” before her next court appearance—which she is required to do before her next court appearance.