UFC superstar Conor McGregor was placed in police custody in Calvi on the French island of Corsica, according to Agence France-Presse (AFP). A statement shared with AFP by police states that McGregor was accused of indecent exposure and attempted sexual assault in a September 10 incident.
The full statement has been translated by Straits Times and reads: “Following a complaint filed on September 10 denouncing acts that could be described as attempted sexual assault and sexual exhibition, Mr Conor Anthony Mac Gregor was the subject of a hearing by the gendarmerie services.”
In a statement to TMZ Sports, a representative for McGregor said, “Conor Mcgregor vigorously denies any accusations of misconduct.”
The rep also stated that McGregor “has been interviewed and released.”
McGregor’s manager, Audie Attar, also released a strong statement to Yahoo Sports, as Kevin Iole reported.
“I am irate and putting out a warning loud and clear: Conor McGregor is not and will not be a target for those seeking to score a headline or a payday,” Attar said in a statement.
C News reported that the incident occurred in a bar on Thursday night in Calvi. According to the outlet, a young woman filed a complaint about the incident, accusing McGregor of exposing himself. Authorities met with McGregor on his yacht on Friday and informed him of the complaint. McGregor then went to the police station where he was placed in custody.
McGregor’s fiance, Dee Devlin, and their two children have been traveling with the fighter.
McGregor is currently retired from mixed martial arts. He last fought in the UFC in January when he defeated Donald Cerrone by TKO in the main event of UFC 246.
This story is still developing.
McGregor Was Set to Participate in a Water-Bike Marathon Across the Mediterranean Sea
McGregor was supposed to participate in a water-bike marathon across the Mediterranean Sea from Corsica to Monaco with Princess Charlene of Monaco and Princess Charlene’s brother Gareth Wittstock.
The marathon was set to take place on Saturday, September 12. According to a report from Nice-Matin, there was no sign of McGregor at the port in Calvi where the event was starting. It is unclear if McGregor participated in the marathon.
McGregor made headlines on Friday when he was issued a drug test by USADA as per UFC standards. Although McGregor says he’s retired, the fighter has remained in the USADA pool and is subjected to random drug tests. The test came a day before his scheduled marathon.
He tweeted, “What’s going on here @ufc? USADA have just arrived to my yacht this morning for testing? I’ve retired guys! But go on then, I’ll allow them test me. It’s all natural here baby! Forever and always, God Bless. 180km across the Mediterranean Sea tomorrow! LET’S GO!!”
What’s going on here @ufc? USADA have just arrived to my yacht this morning for testing?
I’ve retired guys!
But go on then, I’ll allow them test me. It’s all natural here baby!
Forever and always, God Bless 🙏
180km across the Mediterranean Sea tomorrow! LET’S GO!! pic.twitter.com/xjk0wvci0n
— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) September 11, 2020
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McGregor Has Had Previous Run-ins With the Law
McGregor has a history with law enforcement. For example, the fighter was charged for throwing a dolly at a bus in April 2018 and was ordered to perform community service and attend anger management.
McGregor was arrested in March 2019 after he was accused of taking a person’s cellphone and smashing it. The charges were dropped after McGregor reached a settlement with the accuser.