In Las Vegas Justice Court, Tuesday, ex-adult performer Clover, pleaded no contest to a charge of domestic battery (1st) in a case resulting from his Jan. 24 attack on his then-girlfriend, adult star Morgan Lee.
Although Clover, real name Casey Purser, was sentenced to time served for the beating, this is not the end of the case. Clover is also charged with felony possession of a controlled substance (cocaine), and the resolution of that charge, as well as a newly-added felony charge of (non-domestic) battery with substantial bodily harm, will begin when the case is “bound over” to Clark County District Court. Clover will then plea to the new charge.
The first step in that process will be Clover’s arraignment on the new charges on June 18 at 1:00 p.m.
Should the district court judge accept the plea arrangement negotiated between Clover’s attorney and the prosecutors, Clover will be placed on probation. The consequences of violating that probation, however, will be severe.
In court Tuesday were the victim, Morgan Lee, and a witness, fellow performer Hope Howell. Both had been subpoena’d, and traveled from Calfornia to attend the hearing. Neither was thrilled with the outcome thus far.
Lee will be have the opportunity to testify or submit a victim impact statement at Clover’s sentencing.
Before court was called to order, Judge Melanie Andress-Tobiasson emerged from chambers, sans robes, to hand some papers to the clerk. Spotting Clover in the courtroom, the judge called out, “How’s rehab going? Are you still in treatment? Are you sure?”
After court was called to order, the judge informed Clover, who wore a dark suit and eyeglasses, that there has been an informal wager around the court regarding whether or not he would show up for this court date.
In an exclusive interview with TRPWL, Lee stated that Clover “beat the shit out of” her at their hotel, and she pressed every possible charge against him.
The couple was in Las Vegas to attend the AVN Adult Entertainment Expo, and were staying at Planet Hollywood along with fellow performer Hope Howell.
Lee told TRPWL that Clover also had hit her and choked her earlier, on Friday night, before the LATATA ‘White Party’. She “told a few people,” at the event, but did not file any report.
Clover was held on $8,000 bail, and released on Jan. 25.
Lee shared photos of injuries she maintains she suffered at Clover’s hands.
Clover was formally charged with misdemeanor domestic battery and felony drug possession in Las Vegas Justice Court on Jan. 27.
Clover has a lengthy arrest record, and recently served a jail stint in Los Angeles.
He was released from jail in Los Angeles on January 7, having been remanded into custody on Nov. 17 in a Van Nuys courtroom. Clover had been given the choice of either accepting a plea deal or standing trial on charges stemming from a May 2014 beating of his now ex-girlfriend, makeup artist Jennifer Jaen. In addition to jail time, Clover was sentenced to 3 years probation, and one year of Domestic Violence classes
On January 30, while in court for a restitution hearing related to the May 2014 domestic battery of Jaen, Clover was taken into custody and jailed for violating the terms of his probation. (Having criminal charges filed against him in Las Vegas constituted a violation of the terms of his probation.)