A bodybuilder from Orange County who's won the Mr. USA and Mr. California competitions was set to go on trial today in Riverside on rape charges.
John Scott Livingstone, 51, is charged with three felonies stemming from an incident on April 11, 2007.
The trial was postponed until Dec. 10 at today's hearing.
Livingstone's lawyer, David Nisson, said he was not authorized to discuss the case, adding, "I'm confident that my client will be acquitted."
Livingstone, who lives and works as a personal trainer in Menifee, grew up in Orange County and competes in bodybuilding competitions here. He won his age division in April in the 2008 NPC Orange County Muscle Classic. He also won the 1982 Mr. USA and 1987 Mr. California bodybuilding competitions.
According to a profile in the North County Times, Livingstone recently got back into bodybuilding competitions after a long absence.
The woman accusing Livingstone told police that he ignored her objections and forcefully disrobed her, but did not accuse him of violence or threats.
She said she was afraid of how he would react if she fought him off.
According to an arrest warrant, a Riverside County sheriff's deputy recorded two phone calls the woman made to Livingstone afterward, in which he reportedly apologized several times, and acknowledged that she told him no.
Livingstone is married and has three children. http://www.ocregister.com/articles/livingstone-county-competitions-2212787-bodybuilding-orange