Mixed martial arts star Conor McGregor will not face charges stemming from an alleged sexual assault at an NBA Finals basketball game. Prosecutors determined there was a lack of evidence along with conflicting witness statements.
The alleged incidents on June 9, 2023, happened at the Kaseya Center in Florida during a game between the Miami Heat and Denver Nuggets.
McGregor was accused of “violently” sexually assaulting a woman in a men’s restroom, Outkick reported, citing letters that alleged “security refused to let [the woman] exit or allow anyone else, including her friend, inside the bathroom.”
Representatives for the former two-division UFC champion said that the “allegations are false” and that “Mr. McGregor will not be intimidated.”
According to a memo by the prosecution obtained by TMZ, there was “insufficient evidence” to pursue the charges. As well, “contradicting and/or no corroborating witnesses” made it impossible to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that McGregor committed a sexual assault.
The document reportedly detailed that prosecutors viewed CCTV from the venue which showed McGregor and his accuser went into the men’s restroom for approximately five minutes. Footage was captured on video and posted online at the time of the incident.
Law enforcement interviewed an attendant who was in the bathroom, who allegedly stated that they didn’t hear any “signs of distress or sounds that would corroborate that whatever was occurring was not consensual.”
A friend of the alleged victim said that the accuser never mentioned an attack by McGregor in addition to the fact that the woman called her mother the same night to “tell her she had met” him.
Video had also surfaced of McGregor and the accuser at a club together “just minutes after she [said] the sexual assault happened,” TMZ Sports reported.
The prosecution also reportedly noted in the memo that when the woman in question initially made her claims to police, she had asked detectives if they believed that McGregor “would like to ‘settle’ or ‘pay her off’ if she did not pursue charges.”
“The State would not be able to satisfy its burden of proof beyond a reasonable doubt,” the memo added.
A representative for the fighter said their party was pleased with the outcome.
“After a thorough investigation, including a review of videos and interviews with eyewitnesses, the authorities have concluded that there is no case to pursue against my client, Conor McGregor,” Barbara Llanes, McGregor’s attorney said.
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