Ex-Miss USA ‘whipped ex-boyfriend with dog chain and broke his nose’
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A former Miss USA-turned wrestler allegedly broke her ex-boyfriend’s nose and whipped him with a dog chain.
Brittany Nicole Poteet, 34, originally from Virginia in the US, is accused of attacking the 43-year-old inside his home in the Sydney suburb of Croydon, Australia earlier this year.
Poteet, who moved to Australia in 2014 and claimed the titled of Miss Globe Australia in 2019, she has been charged with two counts of assault occasioning actual bodily harm.
She denied the first in June, relating to the dog chain.
Both have now been adjourned to Burwood Local Court in September, news.com.au reports.
After being crowned Miss Virginia USA in 2011, Poteet was forced to hand back her crown after she wore it in a Facebook photo with the caption: “Miss Alcoholic USA”.
That year, her gay roommate Derek Powell accused her of making homophobic slurs.
However, she denied the allegations and was quoted in the news site Think Progress as saying: “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.”
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In March 2013, she was charged with misdemeanour assault and battery against ex-boyfriend James McElroy in Richmond County, Virginia.
However, the judge dismissed the charges after Mr McElroy told prosecutors he couldn’t remember what had happened.
Mr McElroy was charged with possession and distribution of methamphetamines the same year and took his own life in 2016.
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Along with her modelling and wrestling career, Poteet has a bachelor of Biomedical Engineering and a masters in Nuclear Engineering.
Her grandad was the dean of faculties of Hampden-Sydney College, one of the US’ oldest universities.
Her grandmother is also a legacy alumni of the Virginia Commonwealth University.
In Australia, Poteet has worked for a recruitment consultancy firm in the energy sector and been a guest speaker for a women’s business networking group.
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