Tamas Kenderesi Arrested, Held in S. Korea Over Sexual Harassment Allegations

Hungarian swimmer Tamas Kenderesi is being held in South Korea following a probe into sexual harassment allegations made against him, Reuters reported Sunday.

The 22-year-old was reportedly arrested in the early hours of Sunday morning in Gwangju, South Korea, and questioned over an incident that occurred at a nightclub, an official at the Gwangju Seobu Police Station said. A source told SwimSwam that Kenderesi was at Coyote Ugly nightclub when it collapsed Saturday morning, killing two and injuring more than 10.

A Hungarian team official told Reuters that Kenderesi returned to the Athletes’ Village after being questioned. Police said that he will not be allowed to leave the country for 10 days, however.

Kenderesi was the bronze medalist in the 200 fly in Rio three years ago. He took eighth in the final of the event last week at Worlds after he, along with Antani Ivanov, were involved in an unsual swim-off to make the race; it was Kenderesi’s only race at these championships.

SwimSwam has reached out to Hungary for a statement on the situation. 

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Sam
2 years ago

wow
my comment was removed for?
Discussing the despicable reaction of Hungary and the lame excuse from Kenderesi…. Is swimswam going that low?

WetandWild
2 years ago

Not sure what’s more wild- the WR swims in the pool or the crazy drama taking place outside of the pool.

Cate
2 years ago

According to news reports the balcony collapsed a day after Kenderessi’s arrest

Jim C
2 years ago

Throw parties for athletes when they come home–but tell them not to party on the site of the competition.

rockjano
2 years ago

Touching a dance girl buttom is not nice and not clever at all..but it is not the end of the world either.

Cate
Reply to  rockjano
2 years ago

If it was without consent, yes it is serious. Rule of thumb, when in someone else’s country act in a way that shows respect.

Becca
Reply to  rockjano
2 years ago

Has someone ever grabbed your butt when you didn’t want them to? I can assure you it’s really not fun

Sam
Reply to  rockjano
2 years ago

when you do it’s OK, right? That’s what you wanted to say.

James Hetfield
2 years ago

Move over Lochte, there’s a new sheriff in screwupville

Daniel Carr
Reply to  James Hetfield
2 years ago

They made him do it, they forced his hands

Yabo
2 years ago

Tamas also caused the club to collapse, probably in response to the altercation with this girl

tkrisz
2 years ago

He touched the butt of a Korean dancer.

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Torrey is from Oakland, CA, and majored in media studies and American studies at Claremont McKenna College, where she swam distance freestyle for the Claremont-Mudd-Scripps team. Outside of SwimSwam, she has bylines at Sports Illustrated, Yahoo Sports, SB Nation, and The Student Life newspaper.

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