The attorney representing the woman accusing MMA fighter Conor McGregor of sexual assault said multiple entities are responsible for «mishandling» the fallout from the alleged attack.
Attorney Ariel Mitchell said her client was offered hush money after the June 10 bathroom incident and claimed the NBA, the Miami Heat and the Miami Police Department all played a role in the cover-up of the alleged acts.
The NBA has denied offering the alleged victim $100,000 as an inducement to «keep it quiet.»
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«This claim is categorically false,» Mike Bass, the NBA’s director of communications, said in a statement.
Mitchell says that both the Heat and the basketball league could be responsible.
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«Some of the security guards that were present when this happened were not McGregor’s. They were hired by the Heat,» Mitchell told The Daily Mail. «They decided to cater to a celebrity rather than protect a young woman in trouble.»
Mitchell also claimed that the city’s police department tried to dismiss her client’s claim when she tried to report the assault.
The New York Post obtained letters sent to the NBA, the Miami Heat and McGregor, which claim that the NBA and team security allegedly forced the woman into the bathroom.
Representatives for the Miami Heat did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Mitchell added that his client is currently at an undisclosed location outside of Florida. She also noted that the woman has received «death threats.»
McGregor, who has become one of the biggest stars in the UFC, had courtside seats for Game 4 of the NBA Finals. Burnie, the Heat’s mascot, was sent to the hospital after McGregor punched the person inside the costume during what was supposed to be a staged comedy.
McGregor is recovering from a broken leg and is not scheduled to fight again until the fall.
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Both the NBA and the Miami Heat issued statements last week in response to the allegations.
«We are aware of the allegations and are conducting a full investigation. Pending the outcome of the investigation, we will not comment further.»