The former Gold Coast based girlfriend of Las Vegas gunman Stephen Paddock has spoken for the first time since the horror massacre that claimed the lives of 59 people.
Marilou Danley was interviewed by FBI agents in Los Angeles on Wednesday after being flown back to the country from the Philippines.
At a news conference today, Ms Danely’s lawyer Matthew Lombard read out a statement on her behalf, explaining that she had no idea about Paddock’s actions and that she is devastated.
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“I knew Stephen Paddock as a kind, caring, quiet man,” her statement said.
“He never said anything to me or took any action that I was aware of that I understood in any way to be a warning that something horrible like this was going to happen.”
“I am devastated by the deaths and injuries that have occurred and my prayers go out to the victims and their families and all those who have been hurt by these awful events.”
“I am a mother and a grandmother and my heart breaks for all who have lost loved ones.”
Danley went on to explain that she feared Paddock was breaking up with her after he bought her a plane ticket to visit her family in the Philippines before wiring her a large sum money to buy a house over there.
Marilou Danley’s lawyer reads statement on her behalf claiming Paddock told her he’d found her a cheap ticket to Philippines 2 weeks ago. pic.twitter.com/anAv5p9rIS
— ABC News (@ABC) October 4, 2017
“I was grateful, but honestly, I was worried, that first, the unexpected trip home, and then the money, was a way of breaking up with me,” she said.
“It never occurred to me in any way whatsoever that he was planning violence against anyone.”
US president Donald Trump described Paddock as a “sick and demented man” at a press conference in Las Vegas on Wednesday.