Kidnapped, Beaten Golfer's Story Is Getting Murkier

Robert Allenby says he was found 6 miles from wine bar; witness says otherwise
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 20, 2015 2:42 PM CST
Kidnapped, Beaten Golfer's Story Is Getting Murkier
Robert Allenby, of Australia, on June 12, 2014.   (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

How insane was Australian pro golfer Robert Allenby's Friday night? As he put it to NBC Sports on Sunday, "You see this in movies. I've watched Taken and Taken 2 a few times. It's kind of like a spitting image." The golfer claimed he went to a Honolulu wine bar with friends, was lured to the parking lot (under false pretenses) after going to the bathroom, then beat up, put in a car's trunk, and dumped six miles away in a park, for reasons unclear. But there are some new twists and weirdness: In Allenby's telling, a homeless woman came to his aid after seeing a number of men kicking him. Except Charade Keane told the Honolulu Star-Advertiser yesterday that she found Keane one block from the wine bar talking to two homeless men she knew who said Allenby had hit his head on a rock.

She did say the group began arguing when she arrived, and "I realized this wasn't well." Per Golfweek, the golfer asked Keane to tell the men he'd pay them $500 if they would return his stolen wallet and phone. She says the men didn't actually have his things, but asked her to lie to Allenby and say they would exchange the items for the money. Keane says that made her realize they needed to split. The Golf Channel reports Allenby has since texted a GC insider, saying, "I'm guessing she's getting paid." And Honolulu police say they have security footage of a man buying alcohol with Allenby's credit card. Two lingering questions:

  • From Australia's 9News: "What happened during the three hours between when Allenby left the wine bar at 11pm and when Ms Keane discovered him at 2am"?
  • And from Deadspin: Why didn't Allenby's friend or his caddie, with whom he was out to dinner at the wine bar, think anything was up when he disappeared for hours while going to the bathroom?
(More golfer stories.)

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