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'I regret my actions that led me here': Conor McGregor's statement at Brooklyn Criminal Court

McGregor was ordered back in court on 26 July.

Updated Jun 14th 2018, 3:06 PM

IRISH MIXED MARTIAL Arts star Conor McGregor arrived at Brooklyn Criminal Court today on charges relating to an incident in New York in April.

McGregor’s court appearance was scheduled for 9am local time (2pm Irish time) and follows on from an earlier court appearance McGregor made on 6 April.

The athlete has just left the court minutes after arriving there this afternoon. McGregor’s attorneys and prosecutors are discussing a plea deal and the court gave them more time to work out an arrangement.

McGregor was ordered back in court on 26 July.

Before leaving, he gave a brief statement to the media gathered outside:

I regret my actions that led to today. I understand the seriousness of this matter and I’m hopeful that it gets resolved soon. Thank you everyone.

McGregor then left in a black SUV.

McGregor faces charges of criminal mischief, misdemeanor assault and menacing and reckless endangerment after he and his associates were filmed storming a UFC event in New York City, sparking a melee.

Video footage appeared to show the 29-year-old throwing a hand truck at a bus full of fighters after a news conference at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center.

The incident saw a bus being damaged and two UFC fighters allegedly injured.

McGregor faces up to seven years in prison if convicted on all counts, but he is not expected to receive such a severe sentence.

USA Today reports that prosecutors have not indicted McGregor to a grand jury, something that would likely be required if he were to face more serious felony charges.

Fellow Irish MMA fighter Cian Cowley (25) has been charged with one count of assault and one count of criminal mischief and is also due in court today.

- with reporting from Gráinne Ní Aodha and AFP

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