Ulster bodybuilder Glenn Ross denies attack claim as court date looms
Four-time UK Strongest Man winner Glenn Ross is to appear in court this week charged with assault.
Ross, known as ‘Big Daddy’, is alleged to have attacked a man while working as a doorman at a Co Down bar.
The 39-year-old, from Owenrow Drive in Bangor — who is 6ft 1in and weighs in at around 30 stone — told the Belfast Telegraph that the allegation against him was a “lot of nonsense”.
Ross, who has represented the UK and Ireland in several World's Strongest Man events and various other competitions, was working as a bouncer in the seaside resort of Newcastle in September last year when the alleged assault took place.
He is now facing a charge of assault occasioning actual bodily harm.
The father-of-two, who once held up a 1200kg van for almost three minutes and pulled three 20-tonne trailer lorries for 80 metres, insisted that he will be contesting the charge.
“Of course I intend to fight the charge, I am innocent. It is a lot of nonsense. I will be contesting this. If you are innocent you have nothing to worry about,” he said.
Ross, who said he stopped working as a bouncer after the incident, is due to appear before Downpatrick Magistrates Court later this week.
If found guilty the conviction could affect the lucrative advertising, promotion and publicity deals that have been coming his way.
He has made several television appearances, and has had some small film roles as well as a number of advertising deals.
In 2007 Ross set up the Beast and the Beauty Casting Agency, which is described as the “UK and Ireland’s premier Bad/Tough guy extras booking service”.
The agency hires members of the Irish Strength Association and UK Strength Council “who have the build and look of bad/tough guys and are ready to offer their services within the entertainment industry”, its website states.
Ross hit the headlines last year when he took on supermarket giant Tesco after its Knocknagoney store shut down a charity Santa grotto in its car park after a complaint about noisy music.
The row was resolved after Tesco offered to move the grotto to the other side of the car park.