Ryder Cup winner Thorbjorn Olesen cried in court as he was found not guilty of sexual assault, beating and drunkenness on a British Airways flight.
The Danish golfer, 31, had denied the charges during a three-day trial at Aldersgate House Nightingale Court in London.
He blamed his behavior on sleeping pills, claiming he was not in control of his body after taking the prescription-only pills purchased from a “dodgy website” by his partner.
Olesen was on an eight-hour flight from Nashville to London in July 2019 with other golfers including England’s Ian Poulter, 45, and Justin Rose, 41, following the World Golf Championships-FedEx St Jude Invitational in Memphis.
He told the court that he had no recollection of the theft after taking the sleeping pills.
The court heard Monday that Olesen had “grabbed and rubbed the chest” of a woman, cursed the cabin crew and “urinated” on another passenger and in the aisle.
Asked by his attorney, Trevor Burke QC, about the allegations, Olesen said: “I felt absolutely horrible and I was so sorry. I couldn’t believe what they were saying had happened.
“I was just embarrassed and felt awful.”
Olesen cried and hugged his partner after being cleared.
In a statement released after the verdict, Olesen apologized “wholeheartedly” for his behavior during the flight.
“I am embarrassed and ashamed of the account of my actions which was exposed during the trial,” he said.
“I paid a heavy price for my mistake. This case has had a devastating impact on me personally, on my family and on my career.”