Report: Witness claims Robert Allenby injured himself after trip to strip club
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Report: Witness claims Robert Allenby injured himself after trip to strip club

A witness disputes Robert Allenby's account of how he was injured early last Saturday morning in Honolulu after missing the cut at the Sony Open in Hawaii.

Chris Khamis, a homeless man, told the Honolulu Star-Advertiser that the 43-year-old Aussie told him he had been at a strip club to "get some action" and believed he had been drugged there. Khamis said Allenby then passed out and fell onto a lava rock, injuring himself.

"There was no crime (when I was present). It was his stupidity," Khamis said. "He passed out and hit his head. I was there. Nobody pushed him out of a car."

Allenby claims he was with two friends at Amuse Wine Bar in Waikiki Beach late Friday night. According to Allenby's account, his caddie, Mick Middlemo, left the wine bar for another establishment where he would meet Allenby and his other friend. The friend disappeared briefly, and Allenby said he signed his check at 10:48 p.m., then did not remember what happened next. He said he believed he was drugged in the wine bar, was kidnapped by up to three assailants, taken into an underground parking garage, beaten up, robbed and kidnapped before being thrown out of a car in a park some 6 miles away from the bar.

Khamis said he did not see Allenby fall as he was turning around looking to find a cab for the golfer to get him back to his hotel. When he turned back around to Allenby, Khamis realized Allenby had hurt himself.

The 47-year-old's story jibes with that of friend Toa Kaili, who was the other of two men who encountered Allenby. Kaili claims the two men were trying to help Allenby, who they presumed was homeless.

"I was like, 'Hey brother, you got to wake up because the sidewalk sweepers are going to come. You don't want to get swept up,'" said Kaili to the Star-Advertiser. "So it took him about nine minutes before he got to his senses and when I got him up his feet, I said 'Okay. Check if you got everything on you.' And that's when he noticed, like, 'I don't got my phone or my wallet.'"

Kaili said Allenby eventually got agitated, so he left, leaving Khalis to help. That's when, according to Khalis, Allenby fell and hurt himself.

The Khamis and Kaili accounts somewhat corroborate the story told by Charade Keane, the homeless woman Allenby credited with saving his life. Keane claimed she didn't find Allenby in a park 6 miles away, but rather around the corner from Amuse, talking with Khamis and Kaili. Keane said Allenby asked her to use one of his credit cards to withdraw $500 to pay the homeless men for the return of his belongings. When the men didn't take kindly to Allenby's offer (or maybe attitude), Keane said she extricated Allenby from the situation with the help of a passing retired military man who no one has yet been able to contact, but has been a consistent character in both Keane and Allenby accounts.

Honolulu police are continuing to investigate the incident as a potential second-degree robbery.

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