'Luke beat up my fiancé, no one helped'

Slamming  the ITC Maurya staff, the 30-year-old US-based woman, who was apparently molested by Royal Challenger Bangalore (RCB) player Luke Pomersbach, said none of the hotel staff members came to her aid.

Reportedly, following the IPL after-match party, Luke tried to misbehave with the woman and when her fiancé tried to intervene, the issue came to blows. The couple has been staying in the ITC Maurya hotel in Chanakyapuri for the last two days.

The woman had come with her fiancee Sahil Peerzada from Mumbai to watch IPL match and had attended the party after the match between Delhi Daredevils and RCB in Delhi's Feroz Shah Kotla cricket stadium.

They returned to the hotel around 12:20 am. The party was going on when they met Luke. Within no time, the couple became friendly with Luke, who wanted to drink more even after the party ended. Reportedly, the couple then invited him to their room, and Luke agreed.

Allegedly, as soon as they reached inside the room, Luke tried to hold the woman's hand and kiss her. When she resisted and her fiance intervened, Luke got annoyed and punched him at least four times on the face.

The woman claimed that when all this was happening, none of the hotel staffers turned up to control the scuffle. Soon after the incident, Luke went off but returned a little while later and tried to enter the room again. Reportedly, this time, the woman locked the door from inside and called the police.

When the police reached, Luke was not there. 'Later, he came along with some of his friends, and asked me not to report the matter to the police,' she claimed.

After the incident, Peerzada was taken to the Primus Hospital, where his condition was said to be stable but he might be suffering from some hearing loss in his left ear, said doctors.

According to Primus executive director Dr DK Baluja, 'His CT scan was normal. The current condition of the patient is stable but he is complaining of loss of hearing in the left ear. It will take some time to ascertain the exact extent of damage.' Another doctor, Deep Makkar, said Peerzada had injuries on his head and blood was coming out of his ears.

Luke was also taken to Ram Manohar Lohia hospital for medical check-up and was produced in the Patiala House court, later in the day, where he fainted. He, however, got an interim bail and has to appear in the court again on Saturday. The hotel staff refused to comment on the matter. 'The accused was arrested immediately. Investigations are on,' said Joint Commissioner police (central) Taj Hassan.

Police has taken the CCTV footage from the hotel. There is, however, no video of the attack as there was no camera inside the hotel room. One of the staff members, who claimed to be an eye witness to the incident, is being questioned by the police.


Royal Challengers Bangalore owner Siddhartha Mallya Friday questioned the character of the woman who was allegedly molested by the team's Australian recruit Luke Pomersbach, sparking outrage and exacerbating an already delicate situation.

Mallya later lost his cool when asked about his tweets and misbehaved with the media while leaving a five-star hotel in the national capital. 'The girl who is accusing Luke is saying he hit her 'fiance'...what a load of f****** s***. She was all over me last night and asked for me BBM pin, so if he was her fiance she wasn't exactly behaving like a future wife,' Sidhartha tweeted.

'If Luke is in the wrong, then trust me he will face the necessary sanctions. But what this girl is doing is idiotic,' he added. The cyberworld was later replete with tweets condemning Mallya.

Pomersbach was arrested and released on interim bail for a day on charges of molesting Zohal Hameed, an American woman, in a five-star hotel in the capital and beating up her fiance, Sahil Peerzada, who is in a hospital ICU.

Vijay Mallya, however, said that the Australian will not take part in the league any more. Pomersbach earlier represented Kings XI Punjab in the IPL. He has not played a single game for the Royal Challengers this season. Team mentor Anil Kumble said Royal Challangers was planning an internal inquiry into the incident.

'It is a very serious thing to have happened and we will certainly look into it. We are planning an internal inquiry into the matter,' said Kumble. 'It is an unfortunate incident. It is disappointing. RCB will certainly not play Luke henceforth and we will cooperate with those who are investigating the incident,' he added.
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