UFC Champ's Wife Restrains Business Associate

By: Ken Ritter AP
By: Ken Ritter AP

LAS VEGAS (AP) - The wife of Ultimate Fighting Championship heavyweight star Randy Couture obtained a court order Wednesday
banning a California clothing manufacturer from approaching her or
attending an upcoming UFC bout.

Kim Couture won the order in a Las Vegas court, banning Todd Eugene Beard, an ex-convict and part owner of the Affliction Inc. clothing company in Seal Beach, Calif., from "contacting, intimidating, threatening or otherwise interfering" with her at home or in public.

Couture, 32, of Las Vegas, alleged that an Oct. 17 phone call with her and her Los Angeles lawyer, Sam Spira, disintegrated into Beard screaming "that he would 'get' us and otherwise make us regret that we had persisted" in trying to obtain accountings on a T-shirt contract she manages featuring Randy Couture's name and likeness.

Court spokeswoman Esther McElhaney said the order against "stalking, aggravated stalking or harassment" was issued by Justice of the Peace Doug Smith.

Beard's lawyer, Michael Bassiri of Newport Beach, Calif., called allegations that Beard threatened Couture "complete nonsense."

"I think they took his statements incorrectly that there was any sort of physical harm implied," Bassiri said. "He didn't threaten them. It was only regarding a business relationship."

The lawyer also denied Couture's allegations that Beard "engaged in numerous acts of violence, including violence against women."

Spira declined comment as did Couture's Las Vegas lawyer, Donald

Randy Couture, 45, the UFC heavyweight champion, is scheduled to fight Brock Lesnar Saturday at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

At Kim Couture's request, the judge prohibited Beard from attending the bout and a pre-fight weigh-in Friday.

According to court records, Beard was convicted in 1993 in Arizona of attempted forgery and illegal telemarketing, and was convicted in 1995 of federal mail and wire fraud charges in California and sentenced to 2½ years in federal prison.

Beard, of Huntington Beach, Calif., faces sentencing Jan. 29 in Bellflower, Calif., after pleading no contest in state court to making criminal threats, a misdemeanor, court documents said.

Bassiri said the Bellflower case stemmed from a "poker table argument," and that the judge told Beard the conviction would be dismissed after Beard paid a $2,180 fine and completed an anger management course.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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