Golf champion Thorbjorn Olesen was arrested Monday in London, accused of sexually assaulting a sleeping woman and then urinating in an airplane aisle, among other allegedly abusive behavior on a flight from Memphis to Heathrow.
“He was taken into custody and subsequently released under investigation,” Metropolitan Police told The Independent.
Both Olesen, 29, and fellow golfer Ian Poulter were returning from the WGC-FedEx St Jude Invitational in Memphis, which they had played in over the weekend, The Independent reported.
Metropolitan Police said that a 29-year-old man had been arrested at Heathrow on Monday “on suspicion of sexual assault, being drunk onboard an aircraft and failing to comply with the orders of cabin crew,” The Independent said.
Olesen, who is Danish, is a five-time European Tour victor, according to Golf Week. He and Poulter were on a British Airways flight back to London when he became verbally abusive and argumentative with other passengers in first class, prompting Poulter to intervene to calm things down, The Independent said.
Poulter then went to sleep, while Olesen allegedly made a pass at a sleeping woman and then urinated, all the while berating the cabin crew, who also tried to defuse the situation.
“Our customers and crews deserve to enjoy their flights, and not to suffer any form of abuse,” British Airways said in a statement, according to Golf Digest. “This sort of behavior will not be tolerated, and the appropriate action will always be taken.??”
While the European tour refused to comment about an ongoing investigation, the PGA Tour – Olesen has played in 11 events this season – called the allegations “very serious and deeply troubling” in a statement to Golf Week. “Even though he is not a member of the PGA TOUR – and regardless of whether or not he is officially charged – a claim of this magnitude is something we take very seriously. We are in close contact with our counterparts at the European Tour, and we will not provide further comment until additional information is available from the authorities.”