Newly released CCTV footage has captured the moment former UFC champion Conor McGregor slapped the phone out of a fan’s hand and smashed it outside of the Fontainebleau Hotel in Miami.
The incident, which took place March 11, involved 22-year-old fan Ahmed Abdirzak, and it led to the Irish fighter being charged with strong-arm robbery and criminal mischief.
McGregor was initially facing charges leading to a potential six-year term in prison, however, TMZ has reported on an out of court settlement after Abdirzak’s lawsuit was withdrawn, meaning he will no longer face civil action.
However, McGregor will still have to face US courts, although charges have been reduced to felony robbery and misdemeanour criminal mischief.
The 30-year-old’s lawyer Sam Rabin says he’s confident McGregor won’t face jail time.
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“I believe at the end of the day that we will successfully defend this case,” he told Newstalk Breakfast.
“I can’t tell you what the outcome will be, but I certainly don’t see him going to jail over something like this.”
Abdirzak gave a description of the events that unfolded, claiming that he was scared for his life after McGregor allegedly “punched” his iPhone 8 from his hand, before repeatedly stamping on it.
“He did assault me,” Abdirzak told the Mirror at the time of the incident.
“He gave me his hand for me to shake, I have that on camera, I’ve got my phone out, I’m recording me shaking Conor McGregor ’s hand.
“He pulls me in with his hand and with his right-hand slaps my hand with the phone. Like proper power. Full power. Slap my wrist. The phone falls to the floor.
“His security push me out.
“He starts stamping on my phone, picks my phone up off the floor, puts it in his pocket, does the McGregor walk, gets in his chauffeur car and says ‘F*** you’ and goes away.”
McGregor will not be required in person when his case is heard in Miami in the coming week, perhaps giving the Irishman more time to battle enemy Khabib Nurmagomedov over social media.