LOS ANGELES – Conor McGregor is under investigation in Ireland and Spain over assault allegations made by a woman who told police that the UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship) fighter “would have killed me” if she had not jumped from his yacht last July.
The unidentified woman claims the mixed martial arts star kicked her in the midsection and punched her on his yacht after partying at Ocean Beach Club in Ibiza on July 16 for McGregor’s 34th birthday.
She jumped from the yacht, near the island of Formentera, and was eventually picked up by a Red Cross boat, according to the Majorca Daily Bulletin.
“It was as if he was possessed. I knew that I had to get off the boat because I thought that he was going to kill me,” the woman told Ireland police, according to the Spanish newspaper.
“We have mutual friends and I have met him numerous times. I can’t believe what he did to me. He is a criminal. I think he would have killed me if I hadn’t got off the yacht.”
The woman, 42, said she previously knew McGregor since they are from the same neighbourhood in Dublin, Ireland.
She declined to provide a full statement to Spanish police at first, the Ultima Hora newspaper reported.
However, an Ibiza judge has launched an investigation after being contacted by Ireland authorities, to whom the woman filed a complaint.
“Over six months ago, an incident was alleged and, after a police review, the matter was not pursued. Mr McGregor is steadfast in his denial of all the accusations made by a guest on his boat,” McGregor’s spokesman Karen Kessler said in a statement.
McGregor has been in trouble with the law on numerous occasions but has not suffered any major consequences.
The fighter was charged with six offences in April 2022 in his native Ireland stemming from an arrest for dangerous driving.
He has also been accused of sexual assault as well as assaulting a man in Dublin.
He was arrested in Miami (2019) for swiping and damaging a fan’s phone and held in 2018 for throwing a metal dolly through the window of a bus ahead of UFC 223.
McGregor last fought in July 2021, suffering a technical knockout loss to Dustin Poirier. He broke his leg in the bout and has been undergoing rehabilitation.
McGregor’s coach John Kavanagh has said he expects McGregor to fight in 2023.
“I’d be willing to bet my house on it,” Kavanagh said on The MMA Hour earlier this week.
“I was actually just chatting with him yesterday or the day before... I think there’s some interesting negotiations going along now. I absolutely can’t say anything beyond that but I’m very, very confident that we’ll see Conor back in the octagon this year.” REUTERS