Melbourne: Royal Challengers Bangalore player Luke Pomersbach has rubbished the allegations of molestation against him by an Indian-American woman and said he was utterly "shocked and disappointed" by the developments.
"[I am] shocked to be in this position. I can't believe this is happening and I'm really disappointed when people make things up," Pomersbach was quoted as saying by The Weekend Australian newspaper.
Pomersbach, who has not played a single game for RCB this season, was arrested on Friday on charges of molesting an Indian-American woman and severely attacking her fiancee, leaving him in hospital. The Australian player allegedly misbehaved with the woman, a US citizen of Indian origin, at the Maurya Sheraton Hotel in New Delhi on Thursday night after RCB's IPL match against Delhi Daredevils.
A case has been registered against him under various sections of the IPC, including section 354 (outraging modesty of woman), 323 (hurt), 454 (lurking house trespass) and 511 (punishment for attempting to commit offences punishable with imprisonment for life or other imprisonment).
The woman said the player invited himself for some drinks with the couple and some common friends from Mumbai in their room. She left the men alone and went to her bedroom to catch some sleep, but Pomersbach followed her and misbehaved with her, she alleged. When her fiancee intervened, Luke allegedly beat him up as well, she said. The woman's fiancee has been admitted to a hospital.
Later in the day, Pomersbach was produced in a Delhi courtroom, where he fainted but was released on bail for 24 hours.
The Indian Premier League organisers have already distanced themselves from the controversy, while RCB have banned Pomersbach till he is proven innocent.