Australian golfer Robert Allenby, who grabbed international headlines in January after he claimed he was drugged, robbed and kidnapped after leaving a Honolulu wine bar, says he still has nightmares about the incident.
“Every now and again I still have a nightmare from running away from two guys trying to kill me,” the 44-year-old told the Herald Sun newspaper on Monday.
“It’s been traumatic and it’s been very tough, but no one ever really actually came out with the truth. That’s been very tough as well.”
There were big questions about Allenby’s story, parts of which were disputed by witnesses.
A homeless man accused of charging up to $20,000 on the golfer’s credit cards subsequently pleaded guilty to identify theft and attempted theft, and was sentenced to five years behind bars.
Allenby claimed he was attacked, kidnapped and robbed outside the Amuse Wine Bar at the Honolulu Design Center on January 17 while he was in Hawaii for the Sony Open. He had injuries that appeared to be road rash on his face but Honolulu police say there was no evidence that he was actually a victim of anything other than theft.
Allenby later said he had a gap in his memory of about three hours. But he does remember a homeless woman helping him when he woke up.
Allenby told the Herald Sun that coverage of the incident made him “look like a bad guy.”
"No one ever really wanted to report the truth so it made it really difficult. And every time I maybe tried to say something it just got twisted," he said.
The golfer also said he hasn’t returned to the islands since the incident.