Brooklyn Lawyer: McGregor Has No Defense
Michael Chiesa is suing Conor McGregor for his now-infamous bus attack the week of UFC 223 in Brooklyn, New York, and a Brooklyn attorney feels Chiesa has a legitimate case.
Chiesa officially placed a lawsuit against McGregor, the Barclays Center and others in New York State Supreme Court earlier this week. Chiesa is suing for negligence, negligent infliction of emotional distress, assault, battery and more.
McGregor, along with a posse, was caught on camera barging into the Barclays Center and attacking a bus holding and transporting UFC fighters, including Chiesa and Khabib Nurmagomedov, the later being McGregor’s rival and the current UFC lightweight champion, whom McGregor faces at UFC 229 in Las Vegas in a few weeks.
McGregor, after entering a guilty plea, was sentenced to five days of community service and three days of anger management courses. And according to Brooklyn lawyer Dmitriy Shakhnevich, that guilty plea is key in Chiesa’s lawsuit.
“There’s definitely a legitimate case,” said the lawyer, who specializes in criminal defense and personal injury. “In fact, because [McGregor] plead guilty in the criminal case. And in criminal cases the standard is higher — it’s beyond a reasonable doubt. It’s not a preponderance of the evidence. Because he did that, it’s virtually a defenseless case. You can’t defend this case, there’s no way to defend it. Even if he didn’t plead guilty, there’s 450 videos showing this. There’s really no substantive defense.”
Chiesa’s attorney did not put in a dollar figure in the complaint, which Shakhnevich says is smart because since there was no serious injury or death in the matter, Chiesa may not get a lot of money. However, they still have leverage, according to the Brooklyn attorney, who also feels McGregor and the arena will settle with Chiesa.
“There’s no other way [than the settlement]” the lawyer said. “Because there’s no defense. There’s no way Conor can defend his case — he plead guilty. He allocated in open court what he did wrong. There’s no defense that’s admissible in this case.
“What they can do in this case is they can really put Conor through the ringer. They can make him sit for a deposition, they could tape the deposition. It could make him really uncomfortable. He doesn’t need that. He has money, he has fame, he has everything. He’s not gonna want to be dragged through the mud.
He’s gonna pay whatever he has to pay. Whatever he pays will pale in comparison to what he makes in a couple of weeks. There’s really no reason for him to defend this case.
Original Story: MMA Fighting