Ryder Cup winner Olesen in court over sexual assault charge

09:30 | 19/09/2019

Danish golf star Thorbjorn Olesen appeared in court in Britain on Wednesday (Sep 18) accused of sexual assault and being drunk on an aircraft.

ryder cup winner olesen in court over sexual assault charge
Danish Ryder Cup winner Thorbjorn Olesen arrives at a London court to face charges of sexual assault. (Photo: AFP/Ben Stansall)

Olesen, a member of the victorious 2018 European Ryder Cup team and a five-time champion on the European Tour, made no plea in the short hearing at a court in west London.

But the 29-year-old has previously indicated he would contest the charges, and will formally respond in a hearing set for Dec 13.

Olesen was arrested on Jul 29 as he arrived back in London, where he lives, from the World Golf Championships-FedEx St Jude Invitational in Memphis.

He is accused of being drunk on the British Airways flight from Nashville, and is also accused of sexually assaulting a woman and assault by beating.

Olesen, who appeared in court under his first name Jacob, has been granted unconditional bail. A provisional trial date was set for May 11 next year.

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