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This Ryder Cup Golfer Acts a Fool on Plane After Partying in First Class

Ryder Cup Golfer's Drunken Flight

European Tour Pro Thorbjorn Olesen made a terrible fool of himself during a trip on a British airline. He has described the terrible incident as a shameful series of bad judgements.  During the flight, Olesen is accused of being highly intoxicated and groping a fellow passenger.

The incident took place on the trip home from the FedEx St. Jude Invitational earlier this year. Olesen was on the flight to London with other golfers such as Ian Poulter and Justin Rose.

The golfer made quite the scene during the flight lasting more than 7 hours. Other passengers said Olsen was acting “completely bizarre”.

London’s Aldersgate House Nightingale Court heard Olesen ran around the cabin “like a little boy”, was unable to operate the toilet door and became verbally abusive to cabin crew when challenged.

Olsen apparently shoved a British Airlines flight attendant, then proceeded to grab another’s hands and put it to his mouth. He also is accused of groping a woman on the breast during the episode.

BA employees were able to get Olsen to sit back down before he passed out. However, the insanity didn’t end there as he then relieved himself on a first-class passenger’s seat.

Giving evidence on Tuesday, he told the jury he would never “consciously” risk his career by committing a crime and has no memory of the flight after taking sleeping pills.

Asked by his barrister, Trevor Burke QC, about the allegations, Olesen said: “I felt absolutely horrible and I was very sorry. I could not believe what they were saying what happened.

“I was just embarrassed and felt horrible.”

Olsen blamed his lack of sleep due to his hectic schedule. He had played several big tournaments, including the Open, and planned to go straight to sleep on the plane.

He said he drank two beers, two glasses of red wine with a sushi platter meal on board a private jet, and one vodka and cranberry juice before boarding the flight.

And he took two melanin tablets, which he regularly uses to combat jet lag, along with two Ambien/Zolpidem pills put into his washbag by his partner, Lauren Zafer.

Olesen said he would “never” have taken the pills had he known they were prescription-only or that side-effects included “sleep walking” and “amnesia”.

He said he “felt fine” as he boarded the plane and was handed a drink, adding: “My last memory is getting a glass of champagne and sitting down in my seat and I think I remember taking off.”

Olesen said he had no recollection of asking for a vodka and cranberry juice, drinking pink champagne from another passenger’s glass, or getting trapped in the toilet.

‘I was very confused’

He also denied remembering being abusive to cabin crew, touching a woman’s breast or urinating on another passenger’s seat.

“The first thing I remember is police coming into my seat,” he said. “I felt a bit all over the place. I was very confused and I think in shock mostly.”

Questioned by prosecutor Max Hardy, Olesen denied he was “in a party mood” when he boarded the flight and said he had “definitely not” taken the pills with alcohol “for fun”.

Olesen said he did not know if any other golfers had any pills on the flight after a witness described a group gathered round him with “brightly coloured” tablets.

Another member of cabin crew described Rose going forward from club class into the first-class cabin after getting a medicine bottle from his bag.

The court was also told a passenger reported they heard mention of Xanax during a conversation between Olesen and Poulter, who has said in a statement he did not give his colleague any pills.

The trial continues.

This article originally appeared on Sky News.

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