McGregor Investigated for Second Sexual Assault
Former two-division UFC champion Conor McGregor is being investigated for another sexual assault in his home country of Ireland, per a report from the New York Times.
A woman in her 20s claims she was allegedly sexually assaulted in a vehicle parked outside of a bar in Dublin. It is the second time this year that the Irish superstar has been placed under investigation for such a crime, the first coming back in March, when a woman claimed McGregor sexually assaulted her in December. McGregor was arrested in January, questioned on the matter and then released — the standard procedure in Ireland.
“Conor McGregor is frequently the subject of rumors,” a publicist for McGregor said in a statement. “He emphatically denies any report accusing him of sexual assault.”
McGregor has not been charged or interviewed by police for the second allegation. The Garda, Ireland’s police force, says no arrests have been made in the case and the investigation is ongoing. Per the Times, The allegations have not been proved, and the existence of the investigations does not imply McGregor is guilty of any crime.
Irish laws do not allow for figures to be named to a sexual assault or rape charge until convicted. Irish new outlets, however, have described the suspect as a “famous Irish sports star.”
This is McGregor’s latest in run-ins with law enforcement over the past couple of years. In April, McGregor was caught on video punching a man in an Irish pub after the elderly gentleman refused a taste of his Proper No. 12 Irish whiskey. McGregor admitted in an ESPN interview apologizing for the incident.
McGregor was charged with strong-arm robbery and criminal mischief earlier this year after taking a fan’s phone and smashing it. The charges were reduced and a civil lawsuit on the matter was dropped.
In April 2018, McGregor entered the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, host to UFC 223, and threw a hand dolly through the window of a bus carrying several fighters, including his archrival and current UFC lightweight champion, Khabib Nurmagomedov. McGregor pleaded guilty to charges earlier this year to avoid jail time.
McGregor last competed inside the Octagon at UFC 229, getting submitted by Nurmagomedov before a melee that took place between both fighters and their teams. McGregor was suspended six months for the incident.
On the same day of the first reports in March of his first sexual assault allegation, McGregor abruptly announced retirement on social media for the second time in his career. He has since walked back that remark, however, and is looking to return to the Octagon sometime next year.
Original Report: New York Times