Ryder Cup winner Olesen charged with sexual assault on flight


FILE PHOTO: Jul 20, 2019; Portrush, IRL; Thorbjorn Olesen walks on the fairway of the first hole during the third round of The Open Championship golf tournament at Royal Portrush Golf Club – Dunluce Course. Mandatory Credit: Thomas J. Russo-USA TODAY Sports

(Reuters) – Danish golfer Thorbjorn Olesen has been charged with sexual assault, being drunk on an aircraft and common assault and will appear in court on Aug. 21, Metropolitan Police have said.

The 29-year-old was arrested at London’s Heathrow Airport on July 29 and subsequently released under investigation after returning from a World Golf Championships event in Memphis.

“A man has been charged in connection with an incident on an inbound flight to Heathrow Airport on Monday, 29 July,” a Metropolitan Police spokesperson said in statement.

“Jacob Thorbjorn Olesen, 29, of Redcliffe Road, Kensington and Chelsea, was charged by postal requisition on Thursday, 1 August with sexual assault, being drunk on an aircraft and common assault.

“He is due to appear at Uxbridge Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday, 21 August.”

Olesen’s lawyer Paul Morris had said in a statement on Monday that his client cooperated fully with the police during their investigation, but could not comment on the matter while legal proceedings were ongoing.

Olesen has five European Tour victories and made his Ryder Cup debut in Paris last year, beating American Jordan Spieth in the final-day singles.

Reporting by Simon Jennings in Bengaluru; Editing by Peter Rutherford

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