New Delhi: Sidhartha Mallya, the director of the Indian Premier League team Royal Challengers Bangalore, jumped right into the controversy triggered by his team player Luke Pomersbach on Friday saying the woman accusing the cricketer of misbehaving with her and thrashing her fiance was making a pass at him and "wasn't exactly behaving like a future wife" should.
Mallya came out strongly in defence of Pomersbach who has not played a single IPL match so far this season. The 27-year-old Pomersbach's conduct prompted RCB owner Vijay Mallya to suspend the batsman till the time he is cleared of the charges.
"The girl who is accusing Luke is saying he hit her 'fiance'...what a load of f****** s***. She was all over me last night and asked for me bbm pin, so if he was her fiance she wasn't exactly behaving like a future wife," Mallya tweeted on Friday, claiming "Everyone wants their 15 minutes" of fame.
The RCB cricketer allegedly misbehaved with the woman, a US citizen, at a five-star hotel early this morning and has been arrested, the police said. The victim claimed that 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 for catching some sleep but Luke followed her and misbehaved with her. When her fiance intervened, Luke allegedly beat him up, she alleged. The woman's fiance has been admitted to a hospital where a CT scan has been done, doctors attending to him said.
Meanwhile junior Mallya promised that "If luke is in the wrong, then trust me he will face the necessary sanctions. But what this girl is doing is idiotic."
The victim in the molestation case claimed that she was threatened by IPL players to drop the case. She pleaded with the government of India to help her in the matter. Revealing the details of the incident, the woman, an American national, said, "Luke followed us to our room. He came inside. When I asked him to leave, he molested me. When my fiance intervened and asked him to leave, he punched him repeatedly."
An outraged Mallya claimed that the issue was being highlighted because everyone wanted a good scandal. "First SRK, now this...everyone loves a good scandal. Why can't ppl just enjoy the cricket...has everyone forgotten chris' 100 last night?"
The alleged victim of molestation has said she will sue Sidhartha Mallya for defamation. But Mallya later told the CNN-IBN that he was wrong to use abusive language in his tweet.
"May be the use of swear words was wrong in my tweet. You have to respect individuals, they are all adults they all make their own decisions. It not a great day for the sport, the focus has been taken away by other incidents, this is sad. Sadly, six weeks of wonderful cricket has been shadowed by these issue. It is a very dark day for not just RCB but the whole IPL," he said.
"At the first chance I get, I will sit down with Luke Pomesbach and ask him to recount every detail. At the end of the day everyone is a professional. This IPL has proved the best IPL so far. It was strange the way she was acting last night with everyone, and is now accusing. The lady (who has accused Luke Pomesbach) was inebriated," he said.