These pictures show the dramatic moment French police confronted Conor McGregor on board his £3million yacht after he was accused of exposing himself. McGregor allegedly exhibited his private parts to a young married woman in the upmarket port town of Calvi on September 6.
Formal allegations were made against McGregor to police last Thursday by an as-yet-unnamed complainant. Police raided his yacht the next day, 24 hours before McGregor was due to take part in a 180km, 24-hour charity water bike race from Calvi to Monaco with Princess Charlene.
McGregor was on board along with his fiancee Dee Devlin, his mother Margaret and his young son, three, and daughter, one. Surrounded by bodyguards, the Irishman later made his way to the local Tramariccia Gendarmerie by bike and was grilled by an examining magistrate and judicial police.
McGregor was released without charge, but the criminal case is still active and he could be summoned before a magistrate later this week. "Key physical tests were carried out on the suspect, but the results will not be known until after the weekend," an investigating source said on Sunday. These tests are of a routine nature following incidents like this, but they take time, to make sure there is no doubt about them.
"It is also possible that the incident being complained about was filmed. It took place in a very busy place, where fixed cameras are situated everywhere. Lots of holidaymakers would also have been filming and taking pictures on their phones, so they also need to be spoken to." The alleged victim has claimed the 32-year-old Dubliner showed off his manhood and then assaulted her following a heavy drinking session.
A France 3 Corse report reads: "According to a witness who spoke with the complainant that same evening and whom we were able to question, McGregor, accompanied by his bodyguards, allegedly exhibited his private parts to the young woman without her consent as she made her way into the bar toilets."
The source said what happened "deeply shocked the woman, who was on holiday in Calvi with her husband." Emmanuelle Ramon, McGregor’s lawyer, said his client "vigorously denied any wrongdoing". "He has been released before the legal end of police custody and without any judicial review," said Mr Ramon. Audie Attar, McGregor’s manager, said in a statement: "I am irate and putting out a warning loud and clear: Conor McGregor is not and will not be a target for those seeking to score a headline or a payday."