Battery Charges Dropped Against Mark Gold

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The Miami-Dade state attorney's office has dropped felony battery and domestic violence charges against Ticket Clinic founder Mark Gold, who was arrested in October for allegedly striking his fiancee.

"Mr. Gold wants to thank the state attorney's office for conducting a careful and thorough investigation into this matter and agreeing with him that he committed no crime," Gold's attorney, Christopher Lyons of Miami, said in a statement. "Mr. Gold would never strike a woman. He looks forward to enjoying the holidays with his family and focusing on his highly successful business, the Ticket Clinic."

The state attorney's closeout memo states Gold told prosecutors his fiancee was the aggressor and he had more serious injuries than her. When he was arrested by Miami Beach police, Gold had scratches and abrasions on his face.

Additionally, Gold's fiancee is no longer in Miami "and has indicated that she would like the incident to go away," the memo stated.

She had a criminal history of assaults against others, according to Lyons and the memo.

"In view of the above, there is no way that this case could be proved beyond a reasonable doubt," the memo concluded.

Gold, 58, made headlines in 2011 after filing a lawsuit against the Goldrush strip club in Miami, accusing strippers of drugging him and stealing his money. That lawsuit is pending in Miami-Dade Circuit Court.

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