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UUP's Mike Nesbitt lying face down on Belfast hotel floor

Woman sits on politician's legs while another grabs his collar

Pictures have emerged of former UUP leader Mike Nesbitt lying face down on a Belfast hotel floor while a woman sits on him and another holds him by the collar after an incident.

It happened at a Belfast hotel last month.

The politician had been out with friends when it's understood he became involved in a dispute with two guests.

Pictures, published in The Sun newspaper on Monday, show Mr Nesbitt lying face down on the carpet. A woman is seen holding him by the collar while another appears to be sitting on his legs.

It's understood Mr Nesbitt was out with three friends for a drink and was approached when he entered the hotel and asked about his work as a politician.

Asked about the incident he would only say "things happened" and refused to elaborate on how he ended up on the floor.

"I don't want to say any more," he told The Sun.

"When you have a profile and you go out in public, you can't expect people to fully respect your privacy."

The UUP has been asked for a comment.

Mr Nesbitt resigned as UUP leader following its poor showing in the Assembly election in March. The former UTV and BBC journalist is the party's candidate in the General Election for Strangford.

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