MMA fighter Jason 'Mayhem' Miller charged in naked church incident
Mixed martial arts fighter and reality TV show host Jason "Mayhem" Miller has been charged with misdemeanor vandalism after he allegedly broke into an Orange County church last month and was found sleeping naked on a couch.
Miller, 31, is accused of causing more than $400 in damage at Mission Viejo's Mission Hills Church, according to a complaint filed Wednesday in Orange County Superior Court. If convicted, he faces up to one year in jail, said Farrah Emami, a spokeswoman for the district attorney's office.
The pastor of the church called authorities the morning of Aug. 13 when he discovered a break-in, Orange County sheriff's spokesman Jim Amormino said.
The first floor was ransacked — broken pictures and books were strewn across the floor — and the walls had been spray-painted, Amormino said. A fire extinguisher had been set off, leaving a trail of residue that led deputies to the second floor.
That's where they found Miller, Amormino said, who was naked and "dozing" on a couch.
"When they asked him his name, he kept saying, 'Mayhem, Mayhem,'" Amormino said. "They didn't know who he was — they thought he was being uncooperative."
Miller was evaluated at the Orange County Jail's hospital ward after he was arrested but "deemed OK for booking," Amormino said.
The middleweight has fought for several organizations, including UFC and San Jose-based Strikeforce, but said he would retire if he was defeated by C.B. Dollaway in a May UFC match. After losing the lackluster decision, UFC President Dana White said Miller was "done" with the organization.
Miller also worked as a coach on UFC's "The Ultimate Fighter" on Spike TV and hosted three seasons of MTV's "Bully Beatdown."
According to his biography online, Miller is "known for his flashy entrances, exciting fighting style, and magnetic personality, both in and out of the ring."
Days after his arrest, Miller wrote several tweets about the incident, saying it was "not a cry for attention, personal glory, or monetary gain."
"I did some socially unacceptable things last Sunday, that, for some reason has got some of you to hate me, even though at one time you loved," he wrote Aug. 19.
"I am safe, with people that love me, and hope that you will join me," read another tweet. "If I ever hurt anyone, I am sorry."
Miller is scheduled to appear in court Nov. 21.
— Kate Mather
Photo: Jason "Mayhem" Miller Credit: Orange County Sheriff's Department