MMA superstar Conor McGregor is reportedly under investigation for alleged sexual assault in his home country of Ireland, according to The New York Times.
McGregor was reportedly arrested in January in connection to a woman’s December allegation that he sexually assaulted her at a Dublin hotel.
The fighter was questioned by Irish police over the allegation but was released pending further inquiries, the Times states.
Citing a source with knowledge of the investigation, the Times reports Irish authorities collected evidence from the hotel room, along with security camera footage.
McGregor has not been formally charged, and the allegations haven’t been put before court.
Karen Kessler, a representative for McGregor’s legal team, told ESPN the story is a “rumor”.
The revelation comes just hours after McGregor announced his retirement from the sport which made him an international celebrity.
Kessler denied his retirement was linked to the sexual assault allegation, or to the New York Times’ story.
“This story has been circulating for some time, and it is unclear why it is being reported now,” Kessler said.
“The assumption that the Conor retirement announcement today is related to this rumor is absolutely false.”
Although Irish media outlets have reported an unnamed high-profile sportsman was under investigation for an alleged sexual assault for some time, McGregor’s name was not mentioned.
That’s due to Irish laws concerning the identification of those involved in sexual assault investigations.
An Irish police spokesperson did not confirm to the Times that McGregor was the “unnamed sportsman” arrested on January 17, but said “a file continues to be prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions.”
Neither McGregor nor the Ultimate Fighting Championship, the promotion where he found worldwide success, have publicly commented on the allegation.
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