A woman is suing UFC fighter Conor McGregor for millions of dollars for alleged personal injury, according to the Irish Independent.
The lawsuit stems from an incident of sexual assault the woman said took place in 2018 and also names one of McGregor's associates as a co-defendant. A second claim has also been brought to McGregor by the woman's mother. Both women are interested in separate trials.
The incident was originally investigated by An Garda Síochána, the national police service of Ireland, but no charges were brought against McGregor, according to ESPN.
The New York Times obtained a statement of claim made by the woman where she says that her and McGregor grew up in the same area and "socialized in the same wider circles."
According to the claim, the woman and a friend were picked up in the early hours of Dec. 9, 2018 by McGregor's driver and one of his friends after the woman exchanged "flirtatious" messages with McGregor via Instagram and they were taken to a Dublin hotel.
In the car, the woman said a bag of cocaine was "produced" and she said she took some, according to the New York Times. When she arrived to the penthouse suite, the woman was allegedly "beckoned" to the bedroom by McGregor where he asked her to perform a lewd act on him.
When she refused, McGregor allegedly began kissing her and removing her clothes despite her resistance. She bit and hit McGregor and he then wrapped his arms round her neck and lifted her up three times, according to the claim. She stopped fighting back.
"That’s how I felt in the Octagon, I had to tap myself out three times, that’s how I felt,” the lawsuit said. McGregor raped her, according to the statement of claim obtained by the New York Times, and demanded she lie on the bed next to him afterward.
The woman woke up in the early evening and her friend had left the suite with McGregor and then McGregor's friend proceeded to give her a drink. The next memory she claims of having is of being in a taxi.
She was later told by police that McGregor's friend claimed he had sex with her, but she has no recollection and did not consent. When she arrived home, her mother had her examined at the hospital where bruising was found on most of her body, and she had abrasions on her face, neck and right breast, the claim said.
When she filed the lawsuit a month later, she reported to the police that she had been raped and claimed she was unable to work since May 2019 and cites psychological and emotional issues that stem from the alleged assault.
The suit seeks a sum of €1,475,110 to €1,759,850, or about $1.79 million to $2.13 million, according to the New York Times. That amount would be to cover loss of current and future earnings, the sale of her Dublin home and the purchase of a house elsewhere “to escape the reminders of the ordeal,” as well as various medical expenses.
Both women are being represented by Coleman Legal Partners, a firm that specializes in personal injury, medical negligence and historical abuse cases, according to the Independent.
McGregor's team released a statement.
"After an exhaustive investigation conducted by the Gardaí which, in addition to interviews of the plaintiff, included interviewing numerous sources, obtaining witnesses' statements, examining closed-circuit footage and the cooperation of Conor McGregor, these allegations were categorically rejected," McGregor spokesperson Karen Kessler said in a statement. "The plaintiff knows the facts contradict the assertions in this lawsuit. Mr. McGregor will dispute any claims and is confident that justice will prevail."
McGregor has a history of legal matters. He was fined for punching a man in the face in a south Dublin pub in 2019 and the New York Times reported that he was under investigation for sexual assault said to have happened in Ireland in 2018. He was also arrested in Brooklyn that year for throwing a dolly at a UFC bus after a media day.
In September, McGregor was detained on suspicion of attempted sexual assault in Corsica, an island in the Mediterranean Sea and a region of France.