Who is Talia Skye? Billionaire Justin Murdock arrested for punching girlfriend
BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA: Billionaire Dole Food heir Justin Murdock has been arrested for allegedly punching his model girlfriend, Nataliya aka Talia Skye, in the face and leaving her with a black eye. The incident took place after the pair attended a Halloween party at the Scarface mansion in Beverly Hills.
The pair allegedly began arguing after Skye, 24, wanted to leave the party early. She messaged one of her girlfriends to pick her up while on her way back to his home in the ritzy Bel-Air enclave of Los Angeles, telling her she was worried that he might hurt her.
Murdock, 49, the the sole surviving heir of David Murdock, allegedly assaulted Skye before her friend arrived. "When I got there, she was laying on the driveway crying," her friend, identified as Juliana, told DailyMail. "I picked her off the ground and I saw her face. It was completely swollen, with a green-blue color."
Billionaire Dole Food heir Justin Murdock, 49, was arrested for allegedly punching his model girlfriend Talia Skye, 24, in the face. US NEWS obtained a horrific photo of Skye's battered and bruised face pic.twitter.com/sFCmRZz5WD— Space-reporter-news (@Spacereportern1) January 5, 2022
"She was crying really hard, not saying anything," Juliana said, adding that she saw Murdock standing nearby, shirtless. "I asked him what happened, and he told me she's crazy and drunk and that she must have done that to herself. He was hysterical. He was screaming at me, saying 'I don't hit women'."
Who is Talia Skye?
Skye is a model and an artist. She regularly documents her photoshoots on her Instagram feed. Skye has 138k followers on Instagram. She has previously dated Justin Bieber, as per reports. Skye and Murdock reportedly began dating in August last year.
Skye later reported the assault to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. Murdock was subsequently arrested and posted $50,000 bail. He is due back in court on March 2. While the investigation into the incident is underway, the district attorney's office has not charged him yet.
Murdock's lawyer, James E Silverstein, has claimed that his client believes the whole incident was a set-up, the wound was 'self-inflicted', and that this was an effort to extort Murdock. Silverstein claimed that after Murdock's arrest, Skye's lawyer Duncan Levin called him and "carefully suggested that this could all go away in exchange for a large sum of money and that his client would not leak this story to the media if the sum was paid." "Murdock refused to pay any such sums because he is innocent and will not be blackmailed, even though he realized that this horrendous and damaging claim would then be made public," he added. He further said that his side that provided video, audio, and photo evidence, and also given 'independent third-party witnesses' who will 'prove that this woman's facial injury was self-inflicted.'
Murdock is the CEO of Activate Immunotherapy, formerly NovaRx. He has previously also served as vice president of investments at Castle & Cooke Inc. and on the board of directors at Dole Food Company. A billionaire playboy, Murdock has reportedly dated Avril Lavigne and Lana Del Ray in the past.
Back in 2010, a former employee at Castle & Cooke had filed a sexual harassment suit against Murdock. She had alleged that he regularly debased women, including her, going to the extent of ordering her to book sex dates for him on her credit cards. She accused him of threatening to fire or kill her if she refused. The employee claimed that Murdock forced her to create a Facebook account for him under the name 'Cobra McJingleballs', where he posted raunchy and racist content.