Within hours of first saying he had no clue what happened regarding allegations that cricketer Luke Pomersbach had molested a woman, Sidhartha Mallya took to Twitter to defend his team's player and speak about the victim's character.
When confronted by reporters this morning, Mallya who is Director, Royal Challengers Sports Pvt Ltd, said that he was not fully aware of what had happened and what Pomersbach was accused of doing.
"We regret the incident that has happened and we will co-operate with the relevant authorities," he said.
His initial statements on Twitter were as contrite.
"One hour ago: I woke up this morning with 100+ messages regarding luke...I still don't know what went on..." he tweeted.
However, within half an hour Mallya's seemed to have remembered the woman, who filed the case against Pomersbach. It may have helped that the woman's face wasn't blurred on some news channels while speaking to them.
"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," he tweeted.
"Everyone wants their 15 minuets (sic)," he added.
He went on to tweet: "First SRK, now this...everyone loves a good scandal. Why can't ppl just enjoy the cricket...has everyone forgotten chris' 100 last night?
"If luke is in the wrong, then trust me he will face the necessary sanctions. But what this girl is doing is idiotic."
He later attempted to justify his tweets during an interview with CNN IBN.
“The lady was so inebriated and acting the way she was with all of us was a little strange,” Mallya said.
“All I am saying was that my tweets were in response to what I saw in the news. I haven’t spoken to him (Luke) yet. Last night the state she was in and the friendliness she was displaying it is surprising then that she would make these allegations,” he said.
Mallya said being the owner of the Royal Challengers Bangalore he was very protective of the team and its players but said Pomersbach will face the necessary sanctions.
Updated Date: May 18, 2012 19:07:57 IST