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Fan Drops Civil Lawsuit Against Conor McGregor Over Alleged Phone-Smashing Incident

Conor McGregor was arrested last month after police say he slapped a fan’s phone out of his hand and stomped on it.

By Sharon Lynn Pruitt
Conor McGregor at an October 2018 press conference

It looks like Conor McGregor has avoided a legal battle after allegedly stealing and breaking a fan’s phone.

A 22-year-old man, Ahmed Abdirzak, filed a civil lawsuit against McGregor last month, accusing the 30-year-old mixed martial artist of battery, assault, and intentional infliction of emotional distress and asking for more than $15,000 in damages, according to the Associated Press. However, the suit was dismissed with prejudice in Miami-Dade County court on Monday at Abdirzak’s request, ESPN reports.

Abdirzak’s lawyer, Santiago Cueto, confirmed to the New York Post that the suit had been dropped, but did not offer any explanation as to why, according to the outlet.

Still, while McGregor may have side-stepped this particular battle, he is still facing felony charges over the March 11 scuffle.

Police say that McGregor, after noticing Abdirzak taking a photo of him outside of a Miami Beach hotel, allegedly “slapped” the phone out of Abdirzak’s hand and then crushed it under his feet repeatedly before leaving and taking the phone with him. Police later located McGregor at a private residence and arrested him on felony charges of strong-armed robbery and criminal mischief, but he was released from jail later that day after posting bond.

McGregor, who has since entered a not guilty plea, is scheduled to appear in court to face the charges on April 10, according to ESPN.

The Ultimate Fighting Championship star has been at the center of a number of controversies in recent years, including an attack on his fellow fighters last year. Most recently, a number of outlets have reported that McGregor is being investigated in relation to a sexual assault in his native Ireland, but the fighter’s representative has called that claim just a “rumor.”

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