Former UFC champion Conor McGregor appears to be focused on a return to the octagon amid accusations of rape made by a woman during the NBA Finals.
"Thank you so much for the support, appreciate the support," McGregor said in a video shared by TMZ Sports after being asked what message he would send to his fans while signing autographs in New York City.
McGregor also said he was "looking to get a fight going" when asked about his future plans. The public appearance comes weeks after multiple videos obtained and shared by TMZ Sports showed McGregor interacting with and leading his rape accuser into a bathroom at Kaseya Center, where she claims he sexually assaulted her.
McGregor's attorney, Barbara R. Llanes, claims the accuser "changed her story" after the footage was shared publicly.
"Mr. McGregor welcomes the investigation, which he firmly believes will show the claims against him are false," Llanes said via TMZ Sports. "After not responding to the demand for money made by claimant’s counsel, she turned to the media to apply pressure. This is no more than a shakedown."
The letters sent to McGregor by the woman's attorneys claims she was able to get McGregor off of her because she said she had to urinate. The MMA fighter then allegedly forced her to have oral sex with him, grabbing her and pinning her against the wall in an attempt to sodomize her, TMZ Sports reports.
The letters claim the woman was able to break free of McGregor's grasp by elbowing him, but left her purse behind, at which point McGregor's guards "held hostage" until she pleaded with them for him to return. The woman reportedly left the scene and reported the alleged incident to local police.
Mitchell said the woman is seeking settlements with McGregor, as well as the Heat organization and NBA in lieu of litigation, TMZ Sports reports. Representatives for McGregor had called the allegations "false" and said he "will not be intimidated" in a statement to TMZ Sports prior to the footage being shared.