Several Australian media outlets are reporting that Grant Hackett was questioned by Australian Federal Police in Melbourne after an incident aboard a flight.
“The AFP can confirm it was requested to attend an arrival gate at Melbourne airport earlier today,” a statement released on Sunday said.
“A 35-year-old man was spoken to however at this time no charges have been laid. Enquiries in relation to this matter are continuing.”
While the AFP and the airline, Virgin Australia, refused to name the 35-year old, but Ray Hadley of 2GB Radio shared details about Hackett and the passenger in front of him reclining his seat.
“Grant Hackett took exception to the reclining of the seat. There was some sort of altercation,” Hadley said.”There’s allegations from people onboard the flight that Hackett assaulted the man in front of him.”
Hackett is alleged to have ‘smelled of alcohol’ by other passengers on the flight.
At last week’s Australian Olympic Trials in Adelaide, Hackett finished 4th in the 400 free and 11th in the semi-finals of the 200 free, which means he missed his comeback bid to qualify for the 2016 Olympic Team. Hackett did qualify for last year’s World Championship team as part of the 800 free relay that won a bronze medal.
Hackett was earlier in the day named as an official mentor to the Olympic Swim Team by Australian head coach Jacco Verhaeren.
Hackett, a 7-time Olympic medalist, is the current World Record holder in the 800 short course meters freestyle.