Conor McGregor Detained, Released Following “Attempted Sexual Assault” Allegation

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UFC superstar Conor McGregor, supposedly retired at the moment, was briefly detained and questioned earlier this week regarding an indecent exposure incident on the island of Corsica. While the news broke Saturday, the complaint that led to McGregor’s brief detention was actually filed on the 10th of September.

Corsica, a region of France, rests in the Mediterranean Sea south of the French mainland. McGregor recently posted photos of himself and fiancée Dee Devlin sailing on his yacht in the Mediterranean, including at least one that indicated USADA had made it out to the boat to perform routine drug testing.

In a statement to the AFP (Agence France-Presse), a French official confirmed that McGregor had been taken into custody. “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 (sic) was the subject of a hearing by the gendarmerie services,” the statement read.

No further details on the meaning of “could be described as attempted sexual assault” were provided. However, McGregor was not charged, and was released after questioning. The incident in question took place at a bar on the island, per a report by TMZ, which also provided the following response from McGregor’s camp:

“Conor McGregor vigorously denies any accusations of misconduct. He has been interviewed and released.”

In a subsequent statement to TMZ, McGregor’s legal representative in Corsica, Emmanuelle Ramon, deemed the complaint against the fighter “abusive.”

McGregor is no stranger to troubles with the law, from smashing a man’s cell phone, to punching an elderly patron at an Irish pub, to, of course, the bus attack incident ahead of UFC 223 in Brooklyn. More concerning, however, were a pair sexual assault allegations against the star that were first reported on by the New York Times in early 2019.

The Irish fighter maintained his innocence ahead of UFC 246 in an interview with ESPN’s Ariel Helwani. No charges were ever filed against McGregor in either case.

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