Recent footage (video below) is causing some to wonder whether a millionaire's ex-fiancee's alleged abuse was self-inflicted or if the video was tampered with.
Distractify reports millionaire Scott Mitchell and Mary Hunt broke up after Mitchell accused Hunt of stealing jewelry worth over $2 million.
Hunt subsequently accused Mitchell of physical abuse, claiming her former partner gave her a black eye.
She added it's not the first time he has threatened to accuse her of theft.
Every time she tried to leave him, in the past he would act manipulatively and make false accusations to make her stay.
"It’s that reason why I’m speaking with you today, because I’m scared. I’m not scared right now, but I’m scared, when this is settled, what he's going to do,” Hunt said in June to WTVT.
"He's a psychopath," she added. "I think he's just sick, and he can't help it, but I don't know why he's doing this. I did anticipate his doing something, and I knew it was going to be a lot more extreme than before."
Yet bizarre home surveillance footage recently released caused some to doubt her claims.
The video features Hunt exploding in a violent outburst, reportedly causing some of the same physical damage she accused Mitchell of giving her.
In the video, Hunt can be seen screaming in frustration while hitting herself with pillows and punching the air. It is not certain who she is screaming at, if anybody at all.
"There is no evidence that he ever beat her," said Mitchell's attorney, Todd Foster, Distractify reports. "This video now demonstrates that she is striking herself in the same area of the face and head that they allege Scott struck her."
Still, it's not clear what triggered Hunt's outburst, what the context was or if it was intentional.
Some wonder if the video was manipulated. Court documents reveal Mitchell had previously tampered with footage to make it appear Hunt was guilty.
In June the U.S. Attorney's office decided not to prosecute Hunt. Now it is up to the state of Virginia to decide her fate.