‘Shakedown’ – Conor McGregor’s legal team says accuser is changing their story

Conor McGregor's legal team have responded to a video allegedly showing him escorting his rape accuser into a restroom.

By: Tim Bissell | 4 months ago
‘Shakedown’ – Conor McGregor’s legal team says accuser is changing their story
Conor McGregor at the NBA Finals. IMAGO/Rich Storry

Conor McGregor is at the centre of another controversy.

This time, McGregor is being accused of raping a woman at an NBA Finals game in Miami, Fl on June 9. Early this morning TMZ dropped a set of videos purporting to show McGregor leading his accuser to a bathroom within the Miami Heat’s Kaseya Center arena.

After the video was released, McGregor’s legal team released a statement claiming there are discrepancies when comparing the video to the accuser’s claim.

Video of Conor McGregor with rape accuser

The video of Conor McGregor and the woman who has accused him of sexual assault was published on TMZ this morning. The short video shows McGregor, in a black t-shirt, taking a person by the hand and leading them through and out of a crowded room. The identity of the person being lead has been digitally obscured.

TMZ also published a 15 second clip showing McGregor flexing and singing alongside the accuser, who was again digitally obscured.

The video comes after the accuser’s lawyer, Ariel Mitchell, sent a series of letters to the NBA detailing his client’s claims against McGregor.

Mitchell’s letters claim that the accuser was separated from her friend by NBA security, who then funnelled her to a restroom where McGregor and his security guard were waiting.

“Security refused to let [the woman] exit or allow anyone else, including her friend, inside the bathroom,” wrote Mitchell in a letter to the NBA. Mitchell further claimed that, once inside the restroom, McGregor “aggressively kissed” the woman and forced her to perform oral sex on him.

Mitchell’s letters then claimed that McGregor pinned his client against a wall and attempted to sodomize her. Mitchell claimed his client was able to elbow McGregor and then escape the restroom. Mitchell said his client left her purse in the bathroom and had to plead with McGregor’s security team to get it back.

After the video was released showing McGregor leading the accuser towards a restroom, Mitchell told TMZ , “My client remembers having no less than six drinks that night and has admitted the parts she recalls. My client did not even recall who led her into the restroom until seeing this video.”

Conor McGregor’s team responds

Conor McGregor’s legal team, namely Barbara R. Llanes and the Kessler PR Group have seized upon the video and claimed it as evidence that their client is innocent.

They released a statement on this matter, via TSN’s Aaron Bronsteter.

“After the video was released by TMZ, the claimant’s lawyer now has changed her story. Mr. McGregor welcomes the investigation, which he firmly believes will show the claims against him are false. After not responding to the demand for money made by claimant’s counsel, she turned to the media to apply pressure. This is no more than a shakedown.”

UFC released a statement regarding the incident

The UFC have released a short statement on their official website regarding this incident.

“The organization is aware of the recent allegations regarding Conor McGregor and will continue to gather additional details regarding the incident. UFC will allow the legal process to play out before making any additional statements.”

It is not known if the UFC and it’s broadcast partner ESPN will continue to broadcast the 31st season of The Ultimate Fighter. That series features McGregor as a team coach opposite Michael Chandler.

Past accusations

This is not the first time Conor McGregor has been accused of assault.

According to The New York Times McGregor was investigated over sexual assault claims made against him in 2019. No criminal charges resulted from those claims. The New York Post reported that McGregor was accused of a second sexual assault in 2019.

McGregor is currently the subject of a civil case regarding that first 2019 accusation.

In 2020 McGregor was accused of exposing himself to woman in a bar bathroom on the French island of Corsica. McGregor faced no criminal charges as a result of that accusation.

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Tim Bissell
Tim Bissell

Tim Bissell is a writer, editor and deputy site manager for Bloody Elbow. He has covered combat sports since 2015. Tim covers news and events and has also written longform and investigative pieces. Among Tim's specialties are the intersections between crime and combat sports. Tim has also covered head trauma, concussions and CTE in great detail.

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