Conor McGregor just can’t seem to stop making headlines for all the wrong reasons.
In a week that he was supposed to be doing something positive for sport, the recently retired UFC star was accused of exhibiting his private parts to a young woman as she entered the toilet in a bar on the French island of Corsica.
France 3 Corse – the major TV broadcaster in the area – said it had spoken to a friend of the woman, who was holidaying on the island with her husband, which led to the UFC star being arrested.
The hothead is now awaiting the results of “key physical tests’” and “the examination of film evidence”. The bar apparently has many fixed security cameras in place.
Depending on the outcome, the 32-year-old Irishman, who was released on parole a day after his arrest, could be summoned before a magistrate later this week.
The woman, who has been left “deeply shocked”, claims Conor exposed himself and then assaulted her after a heavy boozing session in the upmarket port town of Calvi on 6 September.
On Thursday she went to the police to lay formal charges. The following day they did a raid on the fighter’s luxury private yacht, Dave Ocean, where he’s been staying with his fiancée, Dee Devlin (33), and their two children, son Conor (3) and 18-month-old daughter Croia.
He was arrested and released the following day on parole. During the bust Conor allowed himself to be tested by the US Anti-Doping Agency.
The fighter was in Calvi to take part in Princess Charlene’s charity waterbike challenge– The Crossing: Calvi to Monaco, which took place over the weekend. He was forced to withdraw.
His lawyer, Emmanuelle Ramon, says his client has “vigorously denied any wrongdoing”.
His manager Audie Attar said he was “irate”, adding, “ I am 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.”
UFC president, Dana White, also weighed in on the incident.
“That kind of a life, crazy sh*t happens when you’re in that type of lifestyle,” he told reporters after UFC Vegas 10. “You try to go out and act normal and be normal, and it’s hard to do sometimes.
“I’m not defending Conor in any way, shape or form. I don’t know enough about the situation to talk about it. But I do know I’ve gone out with him before, and it’s batsh*t nuts.”
Since his brush with the law, the tattooed fighter has been seen out running around Calvi.
Conor has a long history of getting into hot water and breaking the law.
2014 – He labels German fighter Dennis Siver a “Nazi” and tweets “Kiss them feet, Nazi”. He later apologises.
2015 – Before fighting Brazil’s José Aldo he threatens to kill people from Aldo’s city, saying, “I own Rio de Janeiro, so for him to say he’s the king and I’m the joker, if this was a different time, I would invade his favela on horseback and kill anyone who wasn’t fit to work.”
2017 – Conor is bust for speeding in Ireland. He’s fined €1 000 (almost R20 000) and disqualified from driving for six months.
2018 – He and a group of about 20 others attack a bus full of rival UFC fighters led by Khabib Nurmagomedov in New York. Conor is accused of throwing a dolly through a bus window. He pleads guilty and is ordered to do community service and an anger management course.
March 2019 – He’s arrested after taking a male fan’s phone and smashing in into the ground outside a hotel in Miami. The charges are later dropped.
August 2019 – Video footage emerges showing him punching an older man in a Dublin bar in April. He’s found guilty and fined £850 (R18 220).
Sources: mirror.co.uk, dailymail.co.uk, Instagram