Bangalore, May 18: Royal Challengers Bangalore player Luke Pomersbach's alleged molestation case took a new twist on Friday afternoon when RCB co-owner Sidhartha Mallya questioned the victim's motives on twitter.
Sidhartha reacted for the first time on the micro-blogging site and seemed to be supporting the Australian left-hander. Pomersbach too defended himself in court by saying he had entered the victim's room with her consent. The cricketer also claimed his is innocent.
An RCB statement said: "The Royal Challengers Bangalore regrets the incident involving Luke Pomersbach. We will ensure full co-operation with the concerned authorities so that a fair investigation takes place and the issue is disposed off in accordance with law.
Pending disposal of this matter Luke Pomersbach will not take the field for The Royal Challengers Bangalore."
Junior Mallya, who was also present at the after-match IPL party in Delhi, said the woman “wasn't exactly behaving like a future wife.”
“The girl who is accusing Luke is saying he hit her 'fiance'...what a load of f***ing s**t. 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,” tweeted Sidhartha (@sidharthamallya).
He added: “Everyone wants their 15 minuets”
“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 in another tweet.
Later, speaking to NDTV, Sidhartha stood by what he had written on twitter and said he would do all he can to “protect” his player.
“Not apologising for what I have written. Merely stating the truth. Will do all I can to protect my player”
“I am not questioning her character, stating fact. Don't know what Luke has done. Have to speak to him.”
The victim, an US national, accused Pomersbach of molesting her and hitting her fiance in their room in a five-star hotel on Thursday night.
The Australian batsman was arrested by Delhi police and later produced in the Patiala House Court where he was granted interim bail.
After Sidhartha's statements, the case has taken a different twist. Nobody knows who was in the wrong? Does Sidhartha know more than what others know?
Why is Junior Mallya come out and supported his player? Did the victim know Sidhartha and other RCB players beforehand?
Is Pomersbach the villain? Is Sidhartha right in saying “everyone wants to get their 15 minutes”?
One has to wait for the court proceedings to conclude and know the real fact. These definitely are not good times for IPL.