Professional golfer Thorbjorn Olesen has been accused of sexually assaulting a female passenger on a flight to London and then urinating in the first-class aisle of the plane.
Olesen, a five-time European tour champion, allegedly molested a woman on a British Airways flight from Tennessee to London while she was sleeping in first class, according to The Independent.
The 29-year-old was traveling with fellow golfer Ian Poulter — who attempted to intervene and calm Olesen down earlier in the flight after he was allegedly verbally abusive to other passengers and staff, but had fallen asleep by the time the alleged sexual assault occurred.
The pair was returning from the WGC-FedEx St. Jude event in Memphis, where Olesen placed 27th.
Police were waiting when the plane landed to take Olesen into custody.
The Metropolitan Police confirmed that a 29-year-old was arrested at the airport Monday on suspicion of sexual assault, being drunk onboard an aircraft and failing to comply with the orders of the crew.
“He was taken into custody and subsequently released under investigation,” police said.
The Danish golfer had been verbally abusive with others on the plane before the situation escalated, one witness told The Sun
“He started abusing some of the passengers and crew and then made a pass at one of the female passengers before taking a leak in the aisle,” the witness said.
The unidentified witness called the alleged behavior “shocking.”
“You would expect it maybe on a budge airline but not in the first-class cabin on BA,” the witness said.
Poulter’s agent, Paul Dunkley, also confirmed to the news organization that Poulter had tried to calm down a “slightly intoxicated” passenger on the flight.
“He then went to sleep and the first he knew of anything else was when the police were waiting at Heathrow,” he said.
In a statement to People, British Airways said it did not tolerate that type of behavior on its flights.
“Our customers and crews deserve to enjoy their flights, and not to suffer any form of abuse,” the statement said.
Olesen’s management team has not released any comments about the allegations. A spokesperson for the European Tour told Golf.com that they also could not comment because it was “an active police matter.”
Olesen is currently ranked 62nd in the world.
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