Golfer Thorbjorn Olesen to appear in court on sexual assault charge

Thorbjorn Olesen is under investigation for an alleged mid-flight ‘sex assault’ (Getty Images)

Danish golfer Thorbjorn Olesen will appear in court on 21 August charged with sexual assault, being drunk on an aircraft and common assault.

The 29-year-old was arrested last week after returning from the WGC St Jude Invitational on a flight from Nashville to London.

Police were waiting at Heathrow airport and took the Ryder Cup winner into custody.

Olesen, who beat three-time major winner Jordan Spieth in Europe’s victory over the USA last year was later released under investigation.

A spokesman for Metropolitan Police said: "A man has been charged in connection with an incident on an inbound flight to Heathrow Airport on Monday, 29 July.

"Jacob Thorbjorn Olesen, 29, of Redcliffe Road, Kensington and Chelsea, was charged by postal requisition on Thursday, 1 August with sexual assault, being drunk on an aircraft and common assault.

"He is due to appear at Uxbridge Magistrates' Court on Wednesday, 21 August."

The five-time winner on the European Tour was travelling with Ian Poulter who reportedly tried to diffuse the situation on the British Airways flight.

On Monday, Olesen's lawyer Paul Morris released a statement reading: "Thorbjorn has cooperated fully with the police during their investigation, but while the legal proceedings are still ongoing he unfortunately cannot comment on this matter at this time."

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