The former UFC star allegedly assaulted a woman in a restroom at the NBA Finals, the woman’s lawyer said.
Irish mixed martial arts fighter and former UFC champion Conor McGregor has denied allegations he sexually assaulted a woman at an NBA basketball game in Miami, according to multiple news reports.
ESPN and TMZ Sports cited letters from the woman’s lawyer Thursday that say McGregor “violently” assaulted her in a toilet at the Kaseya Center during the Miami Heat’s Game 4 loss to Denver in the NBA Finals on June 9.
The 34-year-old former UFC star is accused of “aggressively kissing” her accuser before trying to force her into sexual activity.
A statement from McGregor’s lawyer Barbara Leness said: “The allegations are false. Mr McGregor will not be intimidated.
Police in Miami, meanwhile, would only confirm that its Special Victims Unit is investigating a report filed Sunday.
Both the Miami Heat and the NBA said they are aware of the report and are investigating.
“We are aware of the allegations and are conducting a full investigation,” Hitt said in a statement “Pending the outcome of the investigation, we will withhold further comment.”
In the letter, the woman’s lawyer, Arielle Mitchell, claimed security for both the team and the NBA forced the woman into a toilet where McGregor and his security guard were waiting.
McGregor sat courtside at the June 9 game and participated in a halftime promotional act in which he punched the Heat mascot several times. Barney, the mascot, had to go to the emergency room and was sent home with pain medication, USA Today reported.
McGregor, who was cheered by many in the crowd at an NBA game, has not fought since injuring his left leg in a July 2021 loss to Dustin Poirier. His last win came in January 2020.