An Australian football star appeared before a Manhattan judge in his Halloween costume bathrobe and pleaded not guilty to groping a 35-year-old woman on a bar dance floor over the weekend.
Jordan De Goey, a 25-year-old player with the Australian Football League, and a pal are accused of molesting the woman over her clothing while partying at the PHD Rooftop Lounge at the Dream Hotel just after 2 a.m. Saturday.
De Goey and his friend, fellow Aussie Luke Dyson, a 28-year-old tattoo artist, also allegedly beat and kicked the woman’s 37-year-old male pal and hit him in the head with a bottle when he tried to stop them.
Police say everyone involved was intoxicated and did not know each other.
De Goey and Dyson were both charged with forcible touching and assault.
De Goey was arraigned wearing the same bathrobe he’d donned as a costume the night he was arrested, according to Fox Sports Australia.
Video shows the athlete leaving the courthouse early Sunday, where he refused to answer reporters’ questions. He is set next to appear in court Dec. 8.
The alleged victims were visiting from Cambridge, Mass., and also staying at the hotel. They refused medical attention when police arrived.
De Goey’s future is now up in the air in the AFL. The midfielder’s club, Collingwood, known as the Magpies, said in a statement Sunday that “Collingwood today stood Jordan De Goey down from its AFL program indefinitely.”
The incident is also being investigated by the league, which said in a statement that its “Integrity Department will look into the matter once more information is obtained, until then the AFL is not in a position to make comment at this stage,” according to Fox Sports Australia.