Pedro Carrasco refutes B.J. Penn’s claims of extortion: “There have been absolutely no talks about money”

By Jamie Penick, MMATorch Editor-in-Chief

B.J. Penn (photo credit Stephen R. Sylvanie © USAToday Sports)

Former writer Pedro Carrasco has responded to B.J. Penn’s claim that he’s trying to extort the UFC Hall of Famer with allegations that Penn sexually assaulted his girlfriend, Amber Soukup.

Responding to Penn’s released statement on Friday in comments made to TMZ Sports, Carrasco made clear that there’s been no attempt to get money out of Penn.

“There have been absolutely no talks about money,” Carrasco said. “All [my girlfriend] wants is closure and accountability so this never happens to another woman ever again.”

Additionally, Carrasco says Soukup intends to move forward with her case against Penn after filing a police report this week, though would consider dropping it should Penn publicly confess and apologize for his alleged actions.

Penick’s Analysis: The extortion claim was a bad route to go for Penn if there’s no proof of that. It comes off as a deflection without evidence, and if there’s evidence against him that supports Soukup and Carrasco’s claims, trying to paint it as something it’s not could backfire. Again, until we get more from the investigation it’s hard to fully pass judgment, but it certainly doesn’t look like this ends well for Penn.

[Photo (c) Stephen R. Sylvanie via USA Today Sports]

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