Robert Allenby has once again declared himself the victim as his original account of his Hawaii ordeal becomes shrouded in yet more controversy
Robert Allenby has once again declared himself the victim as his original account of his Hawaii ordeal becomes shrouded in yet more controversy.
The 43-year-old maintains he was kidnapped from a wine bar, robbed and dumped in a car park six miles away following a missed cut at the Sony Open in Hawaii.
But, since then, eye-witness reports have surfaced stating Allenby was unconscious on the pavement shortly after leaving the Amuse Wine Bar with two men and a woman he claims not to recognise.
This occured after he’d been separated from the caddy and friend he’d originally gone out with.
According to a Golf Channel report, the Australian was then seen at a strip-club about a mile from the wine bar, where he and his ‘friends’ racked up a $3,400 bill.
Then, about 1am, he wound up on the same pavement and was described by two homeless men, who’d also seen him the first time, as ‘beyond drunk’ and ‘totally blitz’.
The two men claim they witnessed Allenby stumble, fall and hit his head on a rock.
Sticking to his guns
But Allenby moved to clear his name ahead of the Waste Managament Phoenix Open, even though he admits there’s a two-and-a-half hour period where he has no memory.
“There’s definitely been a lot of confusion, but I think the number one thing you should all remember is that my story stays exactly the same as the way I told it,” he said.
“I told you what I knew, and I told you what someone told me. I never lied to anyone.
“From about 11.06 pm to about 1.13am, I have no memory in my brain, I have nothing.
“I can’t tell you how frustrating that is because we all want to know the truth, we all want to get to the bottom of it.
“There’s no way in the world what I drank could do what was done to me, not a chance in the world.”
While there does seem to be some evidence to bolster Allenby’s story – the three unknown people he left the wine bar with, for example – it’s hard to accept as absolute when he can’t remember anything from a significant portion of the evening.
I’d also like to know what happened to the caddy and friend he’d gone out for dinner with after they became separated, and why they didn’t look for Allenby?
What’s more, he clearly didn’t wake up in a car park six miles away – as per his original account – and nothing has surfaced about the car he was purportedly thrown from.
And, where is the military man from the first story who helped Allenby back to his hotel?
But, as Allenby says: “There’s an investigation going on to what did happen on that Friday night.
“The authorities are doing their absolute best. We’re hoping in the near future that something will be reported, and that we will definitely get to the bottom of it.”
Whilst there’s a lot of conjecture and interpretation surrounding what actually happened, without concrete evidence of robbery and assault, and with record of payments made from Allenby’s card in a strip-club, it seems his original account has more than one hole in it.