Thorbjorn Olesen case could take place in 2020

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Ryder Cup star Thorbjorn Olesen made an appearance in court today to face charges of sexual assault and being drunk on an aircraft.

A provisional trial date has been set for May 11, 2020.

The Danish golfer was arrested on his flight home to London from Nashville after playing in the World Golf Championships-FedEx St Jude Invitational. It is alleged the 29-year-old abused at passengers and crew, before being calmed by 2018 Ryder Cup teammate Ian Poulter. It is also alleged that Olesen then “molested” a women whilst Poulter slept. He is also accused of urinating in their first-class aisle.

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But it now seems his case can only be settled at a trial in May next year.

This now means Olesen will sit out a large chunk of the early 2020 season as the European Tour will likely uphold his suspension.

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According to Danish reports, Olesen maintains his innocence and is putting his behaviour down to a reaction to his medication. Danish media are reporting that tests are due to be completed by November 27, after which Olesen will return to court for a plea hearing on December 13.

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