While in the penthouse suite, the woman said in the statement of claim that she was “beckoned” to the bedroom by McGregor, who asked her to perform a lewd act on him, which she refused. McGregor began kissing the woman and removing her clothes, over her protestations, the statement said. After she bit and hit McGregor, he wrapped his arms around her neck and lifted her up three times, after which she ceased fighting back.
McGregor then told her, “That’s how I felt in the Octagon, I had to tap myself out three times, that’s how I felt,” the lawsuit said. McGregor raped her, according to the statement of claim, and demanded she lie on the bed next to him afterward.
The woman fell asleep and woke up in the early evening of Dec. 9, after which McGregor left the hotel with the woman’s work colleague before returning, the lawsuit said. McGregor’s friend gave her a drink. Her only memory thereafter is of being in a taxi, according to the statement. She said she was later told by the police that McGregor’s friend said he had sex with her, but she had no recollection of it and did not consent.
She was examined in a sexual assault treatment unit at a hospital after her mother called her an ambulance when she arrived home, the lawsuit said. According to the statement, bruising was found on most of her body, and she had abrasions on her face, neck and right breast.
A month later, the woman went to the police and reported that she had been raped, the lawsuit said. She has not been able to work since May 2019, and describes a host of psychological and emotional problems because of the alleged attack.
The suit seeks a sum of 1,475,110 to 1,759,850 euros, or about $1.79 million to $2.13 million. That amount would cover the woman’s loss of current and future earnings, the sale of her home in a suburb of Dublin and the purchase of a house elsewhere “to escape the reminders of the ordeal,” as well as various medical expenses.
If this case reaches trial, it will be held before a jury. In Ireland, the standard of proof in civil cases is a balance of probabilities, meaning whether something is more likely than not to have occurred, whereas in criminal cases the offense must be proven beyond a reasonable doubt.