Collingwood Football Club player pleads innocence in New York drama


Collingwood star Jordan De Goey has declared he will fight “unwarranted charges” stemming from his night out at a New York nightspot last weekend.

De Goey was originally charged with two offences, of forcible touching of a woman, and of assault on a man who came to the woman’s aid. The charges, coming after he and friend Luke Dyson spent a night in a cell, were confirmed by the New York Police Department when contacted by The Age.

However, days later New York prosecutors dropped the forcible touching charge.

In a statement released on Friday, De Goey’s New York-based lawyer Jacob Kaplan, of powerful law firm Brafman & Associates, said his client would fight for his innocence.

“Mr De Goey intends to vigorously defend himself against these unwarranted charges. Despite the original media reports otherwise, Mr De Goey has not been charged with forcible touching or any other sexual assault crimes against a woman,” Kaplan said.

“There are no current restrictions on his travel, and he plans on using the next few months to continue preparing for the upcoming AFL season.”

De Goey said he was advised to not elaborate on the incident.

“On the advice of my counsel I cannot speak about the incident itself or make comment on the current legal matters that are still ongoing. At this stage, I will not be making further public comment on this matter,” he said.

De Goey is due to front a New York court on December 8.

The Magpies have stood down De Goey indefinitely, and his career hangs in the balance after several off-field issues.

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