Cain Velasquez And Family Permitted To Proceed With Civil Lawsuit
The civil lawsuit filed by Cain Velasquez and his family will proceed.
According to Santa Clara County court documents, a motion by defendant Paul Bender was denied on November 23.
“This Court finds that the civil case may proceed with the issues raised in the civil complaint while the criminal case is pending subject to Mr. Bender asserting any Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination. The motion of defendant Paul Bender to stay this civil action pending resolution of the criminal proceedings is DENIED,” Judge Socrates Peter Manoukian’s decision read, according to MMA Junkie.
Bender is the stepfather of accused child molester Harry Goularte.
Goularte is allegedly the shooting target of Velasquez, which the former UFC heavyweight champion was arrested and charged with. The fighter faces multiple charges including attempted murder.
Bender has denied allegations from the civil lawsuit.