Las Vegas DA Drops Domestic Violence Charges Against Arianny Celeste

Written by Tom Ngo
July 2nd, 2012

UFC Octagon Girl Arianny Celeste

It’s just another manic Monday for some of us, but it’s a marvelous Monday for Arianny Celeste (Pictured). According to MMAJunkie.com, the Las Vegas District Attorney’s office has dropped the domestic violence battery charges against the UFC ring girl.

“After our review of the case, we found that there was insufficient evidence to move forward,” said Tess Driver, executive assistant to LV DA Steve Wolfson.

On the morning of May 26th, several hours before she was to circle the Octagon at UFC 146, Celeste and her 34-year-old boyfriend, Praveen Chandra, were both taken into custody on the same charge after engaging in a heated argument inside their room at the Wynn Hotel in Nevada.

An employee at the swanky casino heard a crashing sound and saw Celeste, whose real name is Arianny Lopez, come running out of the room shortly after 4:30AM on Saturday.

Celeste told the Las Vegas Police Department that Chandra had choked her and grabbed her right arm during a dispute about text messages. Officers noted the 26-year-old had scratches on her right arm.

It appears things initially got physical between the two in the limousine, as Chandra told detectives his girlfriend of seven months kicked him in the nose on the ride back to the Wynn. The tension hit a fever pitch in their room when Chandra claimed Celeste threw two vases at him.

Officers noted injuries to Chandra’s nose and scratches to his chest and arm.

Chandra denied ever touching Celeste and told police he didn’t know how she received cuts on her arms.

Both were arrested and taken to the Clark County Detention Center.

The DA’s office also dropped their charges on Chandra.

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