TT OLYMPIC athlete Michelle-Lee Ahye has been charged with domestic violence in the US.
Ahye was charged with ‘assault causes bodily injury, family violence’. Speaking with Newsday, Public Information Officer attached to the Williamson County Sheriff’s Office in Texas, Patricia Gutierrez, confirmed the charges saying, “We do have her (Ahye’s) case on file. She was arrested on June 20 but she was actually released the next day. She got out on bail, US $2,500.”
In a now-deleted Instagram post, Ahye’s wife Chelsea Renee shared what appeared to be a mugshot of Ahye, saying, “Just because I have time today.” (Some comments deleted.) I pray God gives me the strength to get through this time in my life. I don’t regret anything in my life but marrying you was most definitely one of them.”
Her account has since been deactivated.
Amber Norton, an office administrator at the Williamson County District Court told Newsday Ahye has not yet made a court appearance but is due to do so on August 6 at 9 am.
Ahye, however, is denying these claims. In a Facebook post yesterday afternoon, Ahye wrote, “I am aware of the information that was brought to the public’s attention. My family and I appreciate the concern and support that we have been receiving. No charges was (sic) laid against me. I am highly saddened and hurt by the situation and wishes (sic) nothing but the best to Chelsea and her future endeavours.”
She added that she is focusing on the upcoming European circuit and is asking the public to respect her family’s privacy at this time.
Ahye won gold in the women’s 100-metre final at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia, becoming the first TT athlete to do so. She also won the women’s 200 metre “B” race at the Spitzen Leichtathletik track meet in Switzerland on Tuesday.
She also won the 2017 and 2018 First Citizens Sports Foundation Sportswoman of the Year, as well as the 2017 and 2018 TTOC (TT Olympic Committee) Sportswoman of the Year.
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IN a now-deleted Instagram post, the wife of TT athlete Michelle-Lee Ahye, Chelsea Renee, shared what appears to be a mugshot of Ahye with the caption, "Just because I have time today." (Some comments deleted.) I pray God gives me the strength to get through this time in my life. I don't regret anything in my life but marrying you was most definitely one of them."
The account has also since been deactivated.
The couple were married in May 2018 in the US.
Speaking with Newsday, Ahye's manager Afeisha Wright said an official statement on the social media post will be made via the athlete's Facebook page this afternoon.
In 2018, Ahye won gold in the women’s 100-metre final at the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia, becoming the first TT athlete to do so. She also won the women’s 200 metre "B" race at the Spitzen Leichtathletik track meet in Switzerland on Tuesday.