Russian mixed martial artist accused of beating up people at Amsterdam hotel
Russian mixed martial artist Alexander Emelianenko, who is under prosecution for a suspected assault on a 63-year-old man at a Moscow cafe, has also been accused of beating up some people at a hotel in Amsterdam, according to Russian television.
The Rossiya-24 channel said, citing the chief executive of a promotion company for the Legend Fighting Show, that Emelianenko beat up French nationals staying at a hotel in Amsterdam and a member of the hotel personnel during his three-week training session for the show.
Russian police arrested Emelianenko on Thursday after a scuffle at a cafe in Moscow the day before in which he allegedly inflicted light injuries on a 63-year-old Muscovite.
At the police station the athlete made a statement blaming the fight on his victim, who applied to a hospital, where he was diagnosed with an eyebrow bruise and pronounced to be in a state of alcoholic intoxication.
Emelianenko may face an assault and battery charge.
In a program on Russia's Rossiya-24 television on Friday, his spokeswoman Irina Staroverova confirmed that he was not to blame for the punch-up.
However, on Saturday, Staroverova said she was no longer working for Emelianenko. "I don't represent him any longer. My contract has expired," she told Interfax when asked to confirm or deny the alleged incident in Amsterdam.