Conor McGregor phone-smashing saga takes new twist

Mixed martial artist and boxer Conor McGregor is facing a civil lawsuit after being charged in South Florida with stealing the cellphone of someone who was trying to take his photo.

Miami-Dade County court records show that 22-year-old Ahmed Abdirzk filed a lawsuit seeking more than $15,000 on Thursday, accusing 30-year-old McCregor of battery, assault and intentional infliction of emotional distress.

Miami Beach police say McGregor was leaving the Fontainebleau Miami Beach early Monday morning when Abdirzk attempted to take a picture of McGregor.

UFC fighter Conor McGregor. (Photo By Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile via Getty Images)

Police say McGregor slapped the phone out of Abdirzk’s hand and then stomped on it several times. Investigators say McGregor then grabbed the phone and left the area.

McGregor was later arrested on robbery and criminal mischief charges.

McGregor’s criminal defence attorney called the lawsuit “a quick effort seeking a payday.”

Star fighter’s wild moment

Video emerged on Friday of the moment McGregor seized the 22-year-old’s phone and smashed it.

Released by TMZ, the footage shows McGregor throwing the phone to the ground and stomping on it.

Another man can be seen being held back by McGregor’s bodyguards.

That person, the alleged victim, then yells “Let me get my phone, man!”

McGregor was subsequently arrested at a different location by Miami Police.