A woman has filed a multimillion-dollar personal injury lawsuit against UFC superstar Conor McGregor alleging sexual assault. According to ESPN and The New York Times, an attorney for the woman said, the lawsuit stemmed from events that allegedly took place in 2018. An associate of McGregor’s has been listed as a co-defendant in the lawsuit.
Allegations of Rape and Injuries
The New York Times reported that McGregor was being sued by a woman who says he raped her in 2018. Police and prosecutors declined to press criminal charges against the UFC star. In a statement of claim obtained by the Times, the woman says the assault occurred on Dec. 9, 2018, in a hotel penthouse.
She says McGregor raped her and that she was examined at a hospital where she was found to have bruising on most of her body and abrasions on her face, neck and right breast. She reported the assault to the police a month later. The lawsuit seeks between $1.79 million and $2.13 million in damages. A civil trial would be held with a jury in Ireland. McGregor has denied any wrongdoing.
Prior Run-ins with the Law
McGregor is one of the most popular athletes in the world and returns to the Octagon in the main event fight against Dustin Poirier at UFC 257 in Abu Dhabi on Jan. 23. The New York Times reported in 2019 that McGregor was the subject of two sexual assault investigations even though charges have not been brought and it’s unclear if those investigations are still open.
McGregor has had a number of run-ins with the law over the years. In 2018, he was arrested in Brooklyn after throwing a dolly at a UFC bus after a media day. He was fined 1,000 euros in Dublin in 2019 for punching a man in the face at a pub an assault that was caught on video.
Civil Personal Injury Cases
There are times when personal injury victims file civil cases especially when they are unable to hold wrongdoers accountable through the criminal justice system. In many cases involving sexual assault, we see that prosecutors stay away from filing charges because they may feel they don’t have strong enough evidence to satisfy the higher burden of proof in criminal cases. For many, the civil justice system is the last recourse to seek justice.
Injured victims – whether they have been injured in an assault or traffic accident — may be able to file a civil case even if officials did not file criminal charges after the incident. An experienced California personal injury lawyer will be able to help victims and their families understand their legal rights and options.