Below is the entire transcript between the police interviewer and Tiffany Thompson, the woman who accused Zeke Elliott of being violent towards her.
"Elliott said he strongly disagreed with the findings in a Twitter statement. And Elliott's camp, via a statement by Elliott's lawyers and tweets from Elliott's father, Stacy, have made it clear that an appeal will focus on raising questions about the credibility of Thompson."
Interviewer: Ms. Thompson, do we have your consent to record this interview?
Interviewer: Let's start by looking at the relationship you have with Mr. Elliott. What's the nature of your relationship?
Thompson: Right now, ex-boyfriend. OK ...
Interviewer: How long were you guys dating?
Thompson: For a year... about a year.
Interviewer: Did you guys ever live together?
Interviewer: For how long?
Thompson: Roughly about three months.
Interviewer: Why did he move out? Did he move out or did he leave?
Thompson: No. I just went back home to my parents' house.
Interviewer: OK. Has there been any history of abuse and violence in the past?
Thompson: There has.
Interviewer: Can you tell me a little more about that?
Thompson: He had lost control and had jammed me into the wall. Busted the side of my jaw. The one with the edges. My face looked swollen and a little bit bruised. And then I had thumb print marks on my hand.
Interviewer: And these were all different instances throughout the year?
Interviewer: Are there any police reports associated with these?
Thompson: There is not.
Interviewer: Is there only one back in February?
Thompson: There is. That happened in Miami. Him grabbing me, this happened in Columbus.
Interviewer: But in Columbus there's no police report?
Interviewer: Why don't you walk me through what happened on the 16th?
Thompson: So the 16th, I picked him up from the airport. Everything was fine. We went home, just us hanging out, and we had gone out that night. [We] came home and I asked him why a girl was calling his phone at the type of hour in the morning.
Interviewer: What time was it?
Thompson: Around 3 o'clock to 5 o'clock his phone was blowing up.
Interviewer: This was Saturday, correct?
Interviewer: And then what happened? Did he respond to that?
Thompson: Yes. He said don't worry about my phone. Worry about yourself. And then he started cussing at me, calling me a b****. Got out of bed...
Interviewer: [Interrupts] So he started cussing and calling you a b**** and what else, I'm sorry.
Thompson: And he got out of the bed.
Interviewer: Out of the bed. ... where did he go?
Thompson: He came over to my side, grabbed me out of the bed and then he threw me up against the door in the bedroom. Then he placed his right hand around my neck and started choking me.
Interviewer: How long was he choking you?
Thompson: About 20 to 30 seconds.
Interviewer: Was he saying anything to you when he was choking you?
Interviewer: So he's choking you, and then what happened?
Thompson: And then he lets go and he clinches his fist and he tries to hit me in my face. [I] bring my right forearm up to cover my face, and ... I have a bruise there. And after I started crying. He asked if I was OK.
Interviewer: Did you respond?
Thompson: I did
Interviewer: What did you say?
Thompson: I said no, I wasn't OK.
Interviewer: What did he say after that?
Thompson: Then he started to tell me he was sorry -- that he didn't mean to put his hands on me.
Interviewer: So he only tried to punch you in the face once?
Interviewer: Closed fist?
Interviewer: You said he was choking you for about twenty to 30 seconds. Did that leave a mark on Saturday?
Thompson: Yes. It left this mark over here.
Interviewer: So a bruise?
Interviewer: So he's saying he's sorry to you, he's sorry for putting his hands on you, what happened after that?
Thompson: He just started talking to me normal.
Interviewer: Like nothing happened?
Interviewer: This was in the morning still?
Interviewer: What happens after that?
Thompson: I try to get my stuff and leave and he told me he didn't want me to go anywhere--to lay down in bed with him. I was scared he was going to touch me again so I just listened to him and laid back down.
Interviewer: Did you fall asleep?
Interviewer: He did too?
Interviewer: What happened when you woke up?
Thompson: The next day, perfectly fine.
Interviewer: This is on Sunday?
Thompson: Yes. Sunday the 17th. We woke up the next day ...
Interviewer: And what happened?
Thompson: And he was like ... later on in the day ... we slept until about 3, 4 o'clock.
Interviewer: In the morning?
Thompson: In the afternoon.
Interviewer: And then?
Thompson: And then we just went about our day. Still he didn't want me to leave. My puppy was at his apartment and [I had] everything with me. He wouldn't let me take any of my stuff.
Interviewer: You told him you wanted to leave the apartment?
Interviewer: How many times?
Thompson: Multiple times. Around like four times.
Interviewer: OK, then what happened?
Thompson: Sunday night he has plans with his friends, I had plans with mine and he left his house keys with me because he left before me. So then I came back and he was threatening me, telling me he was going to smash my car window. Smash my headlights out. Key my car. And if I didn't unlock the door ...
Interviewer: [Interrupts] I'm sorry, why did he start threatening to damage your car if he left?
Thompson: Because I left and I wasn't home before him Sunday night.
Interviewer: So both of you went out that night?
Interviewer: And he was expecting you back at his new apartment?
Thompson: His old apartment, yes.
Interviewer: So he's expecting you, and when you were out was he calling you?
Thompson: [He was] calling me, texting me, everything. I got home and he snatched his keys from me. And then, he took his right hand and like twisted my left arm. And I have a little thumb print right there.
Interviewer: OK so it resulted in a bruise?
Interviewer: What did you do with your car keys?
Thompson: [Pauses] He didn't do anything with my car keys.
Interviewer: I mean, so when you got there, he took your keys right?
Thompson: I have my own key, and then like, his keys were on a lanyard.
Interviewer: All right, so he twisted your arm with his right hand and it resulted in a bruise. Did he say anything to you while he was doing this?
Interviewer: What happened after that? Why did he release you?
Thompson: His best friend Alvarez, from his childhood, told him to let go of me.
Interviewer: So this was in front of people?
Interviewer: OK, and he listened to his friend and let go of you?
Interviewer: All right. And then what happened?
Thompson: We kept arguing ...
Interviewer: In front of?
Thompson: In front of Alvarez.
Interviewer: Is this all happening inside the home or outside?
Thompson: Inside. In the living room.
Interviewer: Who else is there? Just you three?
Interviewer: He lets go of you, you continue to argue, what are you arguing about?
Thompson: The past. In the past we had broken up for a couple of weeks. I was going to move on. I started talking to another guy. He didn't like who I was talking to.
Interviewer: So you broke up with him?
Interviewer: How did you guys end up getting back together?
Thompson: He texted me all the time saying, 'I can't lose you. I love you'.
Interviewer: What upset him? What was your argument about? I know you were moving on, but what was it that triggered [the argument]?
Thompson: It was kind of like if I question him, he's just going to throw it back in my face like -- 'Why are you questioning me?'-- when this has happened in the past.
Interviewer: You guys are arguing, what happens next?
Thompson: So we were arguing and then he was like, 'I'm going to leave for the night'. So then he gets his stuff and then calls one of his friends ...
Interviewer: [Interrupts] This was another friend, not the friend that was there, correct?
Interviewer: Sorry, what were you going to say?
Thompson: But then he doesn't end up leaving because no one was answering to pick him up. I let him stay.
Interviewer: Then what happened?
Thompson: So then I went back to bed and went to sleep, and then he came back and laid with me.
Interviewer: Were you still in fear at this time?
Thompson: I was.
Interviewer: So on Sunday, with his right hand he twisted your left arm. Is that the only way he touched you on Sunday?
Interviewer: OK. So you guys are asleep, are we into Monday now?
Thompson: We're into Monday.
Interviewer: What were you two doing Monday?
Thompson: Monday we were just packing his stuff up. I finally did like a shower, got ready while he was doing all that. And then Monday night... so nothing happened at all like Monday during the day, but Monday night going into Tuesday morning he...he picked me up ...
Interviewer: This is Tuesday?
Thompson: This is Monday night going into Tuesday morning.
Interviewer: You guys started arguing again Monday then? Monday night?
Thompson: Yes, Monday night.
Interviewer: About the same thing?
Interviewer: So you guys started arguing and what happens?
Thompson: So then he goes, 'You're in my house. You're my puppy dog'. I try to get up and leave and he goes, 'No. Sit the f*** down'. [He] grabs me by my arms, throws me on the bed, [and] says, 'Don't move. Listen to me'.
Interviewer: He said what to you?
Thompson: He said, "Don't move. You need to listen to me'. He takes my phone, my car keys ...
Interviewer: [Interrupts] And then he picked you up with both of his hands, you're in the living room or the bed room when he told you to sit down?
Thompson: I was in the bedroom; I wanted to go out into the living room.
Interviewer: So he picks you up and where does he drop you?
Thompson: He picks me up and throws me onto the bed and tells me to sit down.
Interviewer: And then what happened?
Thompson: So then I keep trying to get up and he takes his finger and puts it in my face using an aggressive point going into my skin.
Interviewer: So he touched you with his finger. Where in your face?
Thompson: He was going like this. And then he like, kept like, smacking my face. He would grab it like this when I would look away from him.
Interviewer: Did you feel any pain when he would do that?
Thompson: Just, I'm really sore right here.
Interviewer: OK, and then what happened?
Thompson: So then I gave up, and he was like, 'We're spending the whole day together. You don't have a choice but to.'
Interviewer: OK, and then what happened.
Thompson: So then Tuesday, he keeps going on. Tuesday night ... I'm trying to remember ...
Interviewer: It's OK. Take your time.
Thompson: Tuesday night we just stayed in the house. We didn't do anything.
Interviewer: Did he say anything to you on Tuesday?
Thompson: He was crying. He sounded so sorry. He was like, 'What's gotten into me?'. He was like, 'All I want to do is lay here with you'. And he told me multiple times, 'I always call it tough love. I love you too much'. The Wednesday comes by, and he tells me I need to go to my apartment to get clothes to go out with him. And then he send me the address to the rental he was staying at in Short North. The 29 West Third Avenue. So I went over there [and] we went out. As soon as we got home, he picks me up with both of his hands under my underarms ...
Interviewer: [Interrupts] So this is when you returned to his rental place? Where are you? In the living room? In the bedroom?
Interviewer: So you guys are arguing about the same thing?
Thompson: I was sitting on the bed, and then he picks me up with both arms under my underarms -- that's where he placed his hands -- carries me out into the hallway, throws me up against the door. It's like a storage closet door. He throws me up against there, I fall, hit my head, I try to get back up ...
Interviewer: [Interrupts] You hit your head?
Interviewer: Did you feel anything at that time? Like, what did you feel on your head? Dizziness? Did you blackout at all?
Thompson: I felt dizzy.
Interviewer: OK, you fall to the floor and then what happens?
Thompson: So then I try to get back up. He comes and he drags me. Tells me I need to, 'lay my ass down'.
Interviewer: Where does he drag you?
Thompson: He drags me back into the bedroom. So then I try to get up to gather all my stuff once again to leave.
Interviewer: Before you gathered your stuff, what did he say as he was dragging you? Did he say anything?
Thompson: He said, 'Don't play with me.'
Interviewer: So he drags you, leaves you on the floor in his room, you get up to get your stuff, then what?
Thompson: He goes, 'Where's your phone at?'. He said, 'I'll call Johnny for you'.
Interviewer: Who's Johnny?
Thompson: Johnny is the guy I started seeing when we broke up.
Interviewer: So was he being honest, or was he just trying to take away your phone?
Thompson: He was being honest. He took away my phone and then he dialed Johnny's number because he has Johnny's number also. So he dialed the number and he didn't answer. I was like, 'I don't care'. So I started to bring up stuff that's happened ...
Interviewer: You bring up stuff that's happened?
Thompson: I bring up stuff that's happened. Like, meaning what he's put me through with multiple girls cheating. So then that's when I walked to the laundry room to make sure I didn't have anything in there because the laundry room is connected to the master bedroom, and then I see him walking toward me. I turn around, and that's when he grabs my neck. [He] pins me down to the floor ...
Interviewer: [Interrupts] He grabbed your neck with one hand or both hands?
Thompson: He grabbed my neck with one hand, pins me down to the floor, gets on top of me and starts shaking me. I start gasping for breath, and then he puts his other hand on top of it to pick me up by my neck.
Interviewer: How long was he doing this for?
Thompson: About 40 to 50 seconds. [Cries] We can go on, it's OK.
Interviewer: So I know this is really difficult, but you're doing good, OK? When you're on the floor, he puts his hand around, he's shaking you, you're gasping for air and he puts his other hand here to lift you. Where does he lift you?
Thompson: He lifts me up and then he throws me.
Interviewer: Where does he throw you?
Thompson: Away from my stuff. Then he turns me toward the bed ...
Interviewer: What does he do next?
Thompson: He goes, 'I'm not dealing with your dumb ass anymore,' and lays in bed. He goes, 'Try to leave and see what happens'.
Interviewer: He says I'm not dealing with our dumb ass anymore, what was it that he said afterwards?
Thompson: He says, 'Try to leave and see what happens'.
Interviewer: OK, and then?
Thompson: So then I lay down, go to sleep, and I'm up an hour later and I'm so scared to get up out of bed and try to leave when he was sleeping.
Interviewer: You tried to leave while he was sleeping?
Thompson: I was scared to get up out of bed and wake him up.
Interviewer: So then did you fall asleep or...
Thompson: I stayed awake all day and just laid there. He ended up waking up and he said, 'I don't know what's wrong with me.'
Interviewer: This is the next day? On the 21st?
Thompson: This is Thursday. Something tells me he doesn't know what's wrong with him.
Interviewer: Does he do anything else on Thursday?
Thompson: No. he didn't touch me on Thursday.
Interviewer: Did you end up leaving on Thursday?
Thompson: I did. He left, and as soon as he left I left.
Interviewer: Have you had any communication with him since then?
Thompson: Yes. We talked Thursday night.
Interviewer: Did he say anything?
Thompson: I told him that I couldn't take this anymore and we needed to get the police involved. And he was like, 'Where are you? You're not celebrating my birthday with me? You don't love me?'
Interviewer: He didn't say anything about what had happened?
Interviewer: Was this messages or over the phone?
Thompson: Yes, this was text messages and I do still have them. He said, 'You don't love me'. He also said that he was 'scared for us to be together'.
Interviewer: Did he elaborate?
Thompson: Because he didn't want to put his hands on me anymore.
Interviewer: Was that through text message? Do you have that message?
Interviewer: What was the last thing he said?
Thompson: He kept FaceTime-ing me last night and calling me.
Interviewer: Did you pick up?
Thompson: I did pick up, but then I blocked his number. He told me I can get the police involved all I want. He's going to win.
Interviewer: This was all over a phone call?
Interviewer: Anything else?
Thompson: And then he tried to tell me that I was lying. That no one is ever going to believe me. I'm just like every other girl.
Interviewer: And then what happened?
Thompson: I said he needed to cancel the lease and he said he wasn't going to.
Interviewer: To the apartment he was previously at?
Thompson: He co-signed for me to have my own apartment in Dublin, and I told him he needed to cancel it because he pays all my bills, so I told him to cancel it because I don't want to have any communication with him at all anymore.
Interviewer: Since then have you two talked?
Thompson: We haven't talked at all today.
Interviewer: Has he tried communicating with you today?
Interviewer: Do you feel like there is anything else a prosecutor needs to know?
Interviewer: My last question for you is, what do you hope will come out of this interview? What do you hope will happen?
Thompson: Criminal charges, arrest and a protection order.
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