A Danish professional golfer was arrested after allegedly assaulting a female passenger while she was asleep on a British Airways flight, The Independent reported Thursday.
Thorbjorn Olesen, 29, was arrested upon landing at Heathrow Airport in London on Monday after a flight from the WGC-FedEX St. Jude Invitational in Memphis, Tennessee. According to reports, Olesen engaged in arguments with passengers, became verbally abusive toward the crew and urinated in the airplane aisle. All while riding in first class.
“He started abusing some of the passengers and crew and then made a pass at one of the female passengers before taking a leak in the aisle.
“It was shocking behavior. You would expect it maybe on a budget airline but not in the first-class cabin on BA (British Airways).’’
Olesen, ranked No. 62, finished T27 at the event in Tennessee and was flying back home with friend and fellow golfer Ian Poulter. The 43-year-old Poulter finished eighth in Memphis and was flying home to England. The two were European teammates at the 2018 Ryder Cup.
19th July, Portrush, Country Antrim, Northern Ireland; The 148th Open Golf Championship, Royal Portrush, Round Two ; Thorbjorn Oleson (DEN) walks from the 13th tee (Photo by David Blunsden/Action Plus via Getty Images)
Thorbjorn Olesen, of Denmark, watches a missed putt on the sixth green during the second round of the World Golf Championships-FedEx St. Jude Invitational, Friday, July 26, 2019, in Memphis, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
Thorbjorn Olesen, of Denmark, reacts to his putt on the fifth green during the first round of the World Golf Championships-FedEx St. Jude Invitational Thursday, July 25, 2019, in Memphis, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
Thorbjorn Olesen watches his tee shot on the second hole during the first round of the U.S. Open Championship golf tournament, Thursday, June 13, 2019, in Pebble Beach, Calif. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
Thorbjorn Olesen, of Denmark, reacts after an eagle on the eighth hole during the final round for the Masters golf tournament Sunday, April 14, 2019, in Augusta, Ga. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)
Thorbjorn Olesen of Denmark watches the ball after a tee-off at the 11th hole in round two of the Abu Dhabi Championship golf tournament in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Thursday, Jan. 17, 2019. (AP Photo/Martin Dokoupil)
Europe's Alex Noren, right, celebrates with Thorbjorn Olesen, second left, after winning his a singles match on the final day of the 42nd Ryder Cup at Le Golf National in Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, outside Paris, France, Sunday, Sept. 30, 2018. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE - JULY 28: Thorbjorn Olesen watches his tee shot on the second hole during the final round of the World Golf Championship-FedEx St Jude Invitational at TPC Southwind on July 28, 2019 in Memphis, Tennessee. (Photo by Matt Sullivan/Getty Images)
PORTRUSH, NORTHERN IRELAND - JULY 20: Thomas Pieters of Belgium (L) and Thorbjorn Olesen of Denmark (R) shake hands on the 18th green during the third round of the 148th Open Championship held on the Dunluce Links at Royal Portrush Golf Club on July 20, 2019 in Portrush, United Kingdom. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
PORTRUSH, NORTHERN IRELAND - JULY 20: Thorbjorn Olesen of Denmark plays his shot from the 11th tee during the third round of the 148th Open Championship held on the Dunluce Links at Royal Portrush Golf Club on July 20, 2019 in Portrush, United Kingdom. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
PORTRUSH, NORTHERN IRELAND - JULY 16: Thorbjorn Olesen of Denmark looks on during a practice round prior to the 148th Open Championship held on the Dunluce Links at Royal Portrush Golf Club on July 16, 2019 in Portrush, United Kingdom. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
LAHINCH, IRELAND - JULY 05: Thorbjorn Olesen of Denmark reacts to his birdie putt on the seventh hole during Day Two of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Lahinch Golf Club on July 05, 2019 in Lahinch, Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
Discover More Like This
BACK TO SLIDE
Olesen allegedly became verbally abusive and Poulter stepped in. Poulter’s agent, Paul Dunkley, told The Sun the golfer calmed down a “slightly intoxicated” passenger on his flight and then went to sleep.
“The first he knew of anything else was when the police were waiting at Heathrow.”
During that time, Olesen allegedly assaulted a woman while she was sleeping. He was arrested and later released under investigation for sexual assault, being drunk on an airplane and failing to comply with the crew’s orders, per the Independent.
Olesen hasn’t finished better than 21st, which he did at the Masters, in a PGA tournament since autumn of 2018. He turned professional in 2008 and had his best finish at the 2013 Masters (sixth). He’s a four-time World Cup player and participated in the 2016 Olympics.