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UFC's Conor McGregor Denies 2nd Reported Allegation of Sexual Assault

Gianni Verschueren@ReverschPassFeatured ColumnistOctober 19, 2019

FILE - In this Oct. 6, 2018, file photo, Conor McGregor reacts after losing to Khabib Nurmagomedov in a lightweight title mixed martial arts bout at UFC 229 in Las Vegas. Nurmagomedov was fined $500,000 and suspended for nine months for a brawl inside and outside the octagon after his fight with Conor McGregor at UFC 229. McGregor was fined $50,000 and suspended for six months.  The suspensions for both fighters are retroactive to Oct. 6. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)
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A publicist for Conor McGregor has denied allegations of sexual assault against the former UFC double champion.

Per the New York Times' Tariq Panja, a woman said McGregor sexually assaulted her in Dublin last week when she was inside of a vehicle outside of a pub. Per the report, authorities have yet to make an arrest in the latest case.

McGregor was arrested and questioned by law enforcement in January after a woman said he sexually assaulted her at a hotel in December.

"Conor McGregor is frequently the subject of rumors," McGregor's publicist told Panja. "He emphatically denies any report accusing him of sexual assault."

The Times (h/t ESPN) also reported on the first allegation. Because of laws in the country, Irish media have reported on both cases without naming the former UFC featherweight and lightweight champion.

Sportswriter Ewan MacKenna explained:

Ewan MacKenna @EwanMacKenna

For those wondering why this isn't in Irish press, two reasons. 1. If he isn't charged, he can sue for millions in defamation. 2. If he is charged, he can get case thrown out based on jury prejudice via media reporting. So basically our antiquated laws. https://t.co/FnmJHty7gx

Per Reuters (h/t ESPN), McGregor is also involved in a court case after allegedly assaulting a man in a Dublin pub in April. McGregor admitted to punching the man, and the punch was caught on camera.

The 31-year-old Irishman hasn't competed since UFC 229 in October 2018, when he lost in a lightweight title bout to Khabib Nurmagomedov.

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