Content Warning: This article mentions sexual assault and rape
UFC fighter Conor McGregor has had a lawsuit filed against him this month that accuses him of assaulting and raping a woman in December of 2018.
The lawsuit, which looks for $1.79 to $2.13 million, is being filed after a criminal investigation on McGregor over the incident was dropped.
It was first reported by The Independent, which said that McGregor is a co-defendant in the case along with an “associate” of his.
Comment obtained by MMA Fighting from Dave Coleman, an attorney representing the woman, claims the lawsuit is “before the Irish Courts” currently.
While records from Ireland’s High Court only show the fact that a lawsuit is being pursued against McGregor, a report from the New York Times revealed the “statement of claim” filed in the case by the plaintiff.
The statement of claim says that the woman involved in the case and a friend were driven to a hotel that McGregor was staying at after she exchanged “flirtatious” messages with the fighter.
The statement claims that she was “beckoned” to a bedroom by McGregor while at the hotel. When asked to do a sexual act, the woman declined. According to the statement, McGregor then started to kiss her and remove her clothes despite a vocal refusal.
The statement claims that she “bit and hit” McGregor in an attempt to stop him. Per the claims, McGregor raped the woman and then demanded that she stay in bed next to him.
The statement of claim went on to say that the woman had bruises on her body afterwards and “abrasions on her face, neck and right breast” the next day.
News of McGregor being investigated in a criminal case over sexual assault was reported in 2019.
Karen Kessler, a representative for McGregor, told MMA Fighting that the allegations against their client were “categorically rejected.”
“Mr. McGregor will dispute any claims and is confident that justice will prevail,” said Kessler.
In Irish law, the burden of proof in a criminal case must be proven “beyond all reasonable doubt.” Now with the issue possibly moving into a civil case, the burden of proof is decided “on the balance of probabilities,” as explained in an Irish Times article by Carol Coulter.
McGregor has found himself in courtrooms in the past.
Most recently, McGregor pleaded guilty to assault in 2019 following an incident at a bar where he punched a man.
Earlier in 2019, McGregor was arrested in Miami Beach, Florida, USA after taking someone’s phone and smashing it on the ground. While he was charged with strong-armed robbery and criminal mischief, charges were later dropped after McGregor settled out of court.
The recent lawsuit filed against McGregor comes amid his return to the sport of MMA.
McGregor is set to make his return to competition on Saturday, fighting Dustin Poirier in the main event of UFC 257. The fight is set to take place at the Etihad Arena in Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.