Conor McGregor was taken into custody by police on the island of Corsica on suspicion of attempted sexual assault and indecent exposure, according to AFP Sport.
The former two-division UFC champion was released without being charged, and a spokesman for McGregor denied the accusations in a statement initially released to TMZ Sports.
“Conor McGregor vigorously denies any accusations of misconduct,” the statement read. “He has been interviewed and released.”
McGregor was touring the Mediterranean on his yacht with fiancee Dee Devlin and the couple’s two children. The Irish star was preparing to participate in a 180-kilometer, 24-hour charity water bike race from Corsica to Monaco but has since been forced to withdraw from that event.
According to TMZ, the alleged incident involving McGregor took place at a bar. McGregor’s manager, Audie Attar later issued a statement angrily denouncing the allegations to MMAFighting.com.
“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,” Attar said.
On Friday, McGregor revealed that USADA officials came to administer a drug test on his yacht. The SBG Ireland representative claimed that he was retired earlier this year, but that collection process is evidence that he remains in the drug testing pool.
What’s going on here @ufc? USADA have just arrived to my yacht this morning for testing?— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) September 11, 2020
I’ve retired guys!
But go on then, I’ll allow them test me. It’s all natural here baby!
Forever and always, God Bless
180km across the Mediterranean Sea tomorrow! LET’S GO!! pic.twitter.com/xjk0wvci0n
McGregor hasn’t fought since a first-round TKO win over Donald Cerrone at UFC 246 on Jan. 18.