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Thorbjørn Olesen charged with sexual assault

Thom Malone
Thom Malone

11:37 7 Aug 2019


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Golfer Thorbjørn Olesen will appear in court on 21 August after being charged with sexual assault, being drunk on an aircraft and common assault.

Ryder Cup-winning golfer Thorbjørn Olesen was returning from the World Golf Championship- FedEx St Jude Invitational in Memphis. Where he had shot a final-round 75 to finish 13 shots behind winner Brooks Koepka. Olesen was arrested on landing in London from Nashville.

The London based Dane had been involved in an alleged incident onboard the flight. Police were waiting for the  Ryder Cup winner when the aircraft landed at Heathrow. The 29-year-old Dane was taken into custody and subsequently released under investigation.

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The Metropolitan police said: “A man has been charged in connection with an incident on an inbound flight to Heathrow airport on Monday 29 July.”

Olesen, 29, of Kensington and Chelsea, “was charged by postal requisition on Thursday, 1 August with sexual assault, being drunk on an aircraft and common assault”, police said.

He is due to appear at Uxbridge magistrates court on Wednesday 21 August. Olesen was scheduled to play in the Scandinavian Masters in Gothenburg on the following day, August 22nd, but has been suspended by the European Tour.

A statement from the golfer's lawyer, Paul Morris, said: “Thorbjørn has cooperated fully with the police during their investigation but, while the legal proceedings are still ongoing, he unfortunately cannot comment on this matter at this time.”

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