Mixed martial arts fighter Conor McGregor has been freed by a New York judge on $65,100 ($US50,000) bail after being charged with assault for his part in a melee at a media event to publicise a series of UFC fights at a Brooklyn arena.
The sport’s best-known athlete and an international star, McGregor, 29, appeared before a judge at the Kings County Criminal Court, dressed in a blue, long-sleeved shirt that hid his trademark tattoos.
He is charged with three counts of assault and one count of criminal mischief.
“He’s the most visible face on the planet; he has no criminal history and the bail package is completely appropriate in the $50,000 amount,” his lawyer Jim Walden told the judge.
McGregor, sporting a beard and a sombre expression, stood through the hearing with hands shackled behind his back, saying only a few inaudible words to the lawyer.
The judge also granted a request to allow to the Irish-born McGregor to travel outside the United States before his next court appearance on June 14.
The MMA star had surrendered to police on Thursday evening, soon after a video of the fracas at Brooklyn’s Barclay Center went viral.
It appeared to show McGregor and his entourage using a metal barricade and other objects to smash windows on a bus filled with fighters departing from the media event.
The fracas appeared to be related to the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s decision to strip McGregor of his title. He last fought in a UFC bout in November 2016, when he defeated Eddie Alvarez to win the lightweight belt.
But he never defended the title, though he took on boxer Floyd Mayweather in August 2017.
His technical knockout loss to Mayweather was the second biggest pay-per-view fight in history.