Danish golfer Thorbjorn Olesen 'sexually assaulted women on flight', court hears
Former Ryder Cup star Thorbjorn Olesen allegedly sexually assaulted a woman on a British Airways flight two years ago by grabbing her breast, a court heard.
The 31-year-old is alleged to have also urinated on a passenger’s seat and pushed a member of the cabin crew after drinking alcohol and taking sleeping pills on the 2019 flight from Nashville to London Heathrow.
He denies the accusations of sexual assault, assault by beating and being drunk on an aircraft on July 29, 2019, at a trial at central London’s Aldersgate House Nightingale Court.
Olesen, a five-time winner on the European Tour and previously a top 10 finisher at the Masters and Open Championship, says he has no memory of how he behaved on the flight due to the drink and sleeping pills.
Sarah White, part of the BA cabin crew, said in a statement read in court that she served him a glass of champagne before take-off, then a vodka and cranberry juice, and noticed him drinking pink champagne from another passenger’s glass.
The Dane was on board with other professional players including Ian Poulter and Justin Rose, with White saying ‘it appeared they were trying to have a party’.
She described how Olesen pushed her as she tried to direct him back to his seat from the toilet, saying: ”During the flight Mr Olesen assaulted me and failed to listen to my instructions. Through my 27 years of service, I have never come across such bad behaviour on board a flight.’
Another woman, who cannot be identified, said in a statement that Olesen grabbed her hand, started to kiss her and touched her breast.
‘He would not let go and then nuzzled his face into the nape of neck. I felt he clearly didn’t know what he was doing,’ she said.
‘He had his right hand around my back. With his left hand, he then grabbed my breast and moved his hand over my right breast.
‘I felt shocked, he had overstepped the mark.’
Olesen was returned to his seat by the cabin crew and Poulter, but would later wake up and urinate on a passengers seat and in the aisle, the court heard.
After the plane landed in London Olesen was arrested and told police he could remember nothing of what happened on board.
The trial continues.
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