Former UFC fighter Conor McGregor was arrested in Corsica, according to French officials. He is facing charges of attempted sexual assault and alleged indecent exposure, per Yahoo News. The incident allegedly occurred on Thursday at a bar, but McGregor denies the accusations.
"Following a complaint filed on September 10 denouncing acts that could be described as attempted sexual assault and sexual exhibition, Mr. Conor Anthony Mac Gregor was the subject of a hearing by the gendarmerie services," the prosecutors said in a statement to Agence France-Presse. The statement did not detail the alleged offenses committed by McGregor.
"Conor Mcgregor vigorously denies any accusations of misconduct," a representative for the MMA fighter said, per TMZ. "He has been interviewed and released." News of McGregor's arrest follows him teasing a return to the UFC. The Irishman said that a USADA official had come onto his yacht to conduct a drug test. McGregor and his fiance, Dee Devlin, have spent recent weeks sailing around the Mediterranean Sea, but a return to the octagon appeared to be on the horizon after he posted photos of the test and called out past opponent Nate Diaz.
McGregor has previously had run-ins with the law in multiple alleged incidents. He allegedly punched an elderly man in an Irish pub. McGregor later announced that he would plead guilty and face prison time if necessary. He also said that he had tried to make amends, but it didn't matter due to him being in the wrong.
In October 2019, McGregor was accused of sexual assault in Ireland. A woman filed the charges and said that the incident occurred in a parked car outside of a pub. Authorities did not arrest McGregor at the time, but his publicist said in an email to the New York Times that the MMA fighter is "frequently the subject of rumors." His manager also later denied the accusations.
"He vehemently denies any allegation of sexual misconduct or any wrongdoing," said manager Audie Attar on Ariel Helwani's MMA Show. "We vehemently deny it, and he does as well. At the end of the day we know who he is, he knows who he is, and we know what the truth is."
Back in December 2018, a woman accused him of sexually assaulting her at the Beacon Hotel in Dublin. He was later arrested and questioned by the police in January. Although McGregor was released pending the ongoing investigation.