Wednesday 14 November 2018

'I regret my actions' - Conor McGregor's New York court appearance lasts just 45 seconds

Conor McGregor is escorted by court officers as he leaves a Brooklyn Supreme court, Thursday, June 14, 2018, in New York. McGregor is in plea negotiations to resolve charges stemming from a backstage melee at a Brooklyn arena. The 29-year-old Irish fighter and co-defendant Cian Cowley remained free on bail after a brief court appearance on Thursday. They are due back in court July 26. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
Conor McGregor is escorted by court officers as he leaves a Brooklyn Supreme court, Thursday, June 14, 2018, in New York. McGregor is in plea negotiations to resolve charges stemming from a backstage melee at a Brooklyn arena. The 29-year-old Irish fighter and co-defendant Cian Cowley remained free on bail after a brief court appearance on Thursday. They are due back in court July 26. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
MMA fighter Conor McGregor leaves Brooklyn Supreme Court after facing a hearing on assault charges in Brooklyn, New York, U.S., June 14, 2018. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

Robin Schiller in New York

Conor McGregor will have another court hearing in New York on July 26 after his appearance this afternoon ended in less than two minutes.

MMA star McGregor has said he 'regrets' his actions at a UFC media event which led to him being charged with several offenses.

The 29-year-old appeared briefly at a court in Brooklyn this morning, to face several counts including assault and criminal mischief at the Barclays Centre in the city on April 5. McGregor will appear in court again in New York at the end of July.

McGregor, along with fellow MMA fighter Cian Cowley, arrived shortly before 10am in two black SUVs. 

The men were brought into court by an entourage, but after appearing inside for a short time, the presiding judge adjourned the matter until July 26.

Both men then left the courthouse, where McGregor made a brief statement saying: "I regret my actions that led me here today. I understand the seriousness of this matter, and I am hopeful that it gets resolved soon."

Speaking outside the courtroom, McGregor's manager Audie Attar said:

"Today we are focusing on the court and we are not going to focus on any future plans until we handle this matter. Right now we are in good negotiations with the district attorney."

The prosecutor for Kings County, Janet Gleeson, told the court: "There are plea negotiations. The case is back on July 26."

The case - the first of the day which lasted less than a minute - heard that the orders of protection in the case remain in place.

Ira Judelson, McGregor and Cowley's bail bondsman, said that the two-time UFC champion seems "more relieved" than when he first appeared in court.

The two MMA athletes presented at the bond office near the court building immediately after their court appearance, where they sign on as part of their bond conditions.

McGregor is out on a $50,000 bond while Cowley is on a $25,000 bond.

"Conor had to come in and check in. He's been responsible for me since the first time that he got arrested. He's been doing everything great, his management team let me know where he's going at all times. Same thing with Cian. He came in and signed his card, Cian signed his card and the next court date is July 26," Mr Judelson told Independent.ie. 

"I'm not really sure, I know they're under negotiations to work out a plea deal, I hope for both sides it happens, so Cian and Conor, can get back to their duties and get back to fighting and move on with their lives.

"That was Conor and Cian's big appeal, to have their passports and roam and be free to do everything they can to pursue their careers. Conor's out on a $50,000 bond and Cian is out on a $25,000 bond.

"I think anything that goes on with a case, you're always worried about the outcome. He seems to be a gentleman, I'm a big fan as a person now getting to know him. The same with Cian. I think he feels a little bit more relieved today than he did the first time I met him."

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