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 August 28, 2023

Former Navy SEAL who claimed to have killed bin Laden has been arrested in Texas

The former Navy SEAL who garnered notoriety after claiming in public that he was the one who killed Osama bin Laden has been taken into custody in the state of Texas, as Fox News reported.

According to a story that was published by the New York Post on Saturday, former Navy SEAL Robert J. O'Neill, now 47 years old, was taken into custody in Frisco, Texas, and charged with misdemeanor assault as well as public drunkenness. The charges stem from an incident in which O'Neill was allegedly intoxicated in public.

According to the article, O'Neill was put into the Frisco jail and released the same day on a bail set at $3,500, and the jail records only indicated an assault charge.

The former SEAL was reportedly in town to record a podcast in a cigar lounge when the arrest took place.

O'Neill rose to national attention after making claims publicly that he was the Navy SEAL who killed Usama bin Laden during the assault on bin Laden's compound in Pakistan in May 2011.

O'Neill later recounted the scenario in his book titled "The Operator," which was published in 2017.

When it comes to covert operations, the special warfare community normally adheres to a rule of silence, therefore, the publication of the book sparked a lot of debate among members of the group.

O'Neill's version of the operation has never been validated by the United States government, and O'Neill's fellow former SEAL, Matt Bissonnette, claims in his own book that O'Neill's tale is a fabrication to at least some degree.

According to Bissonnette, another Navy SEAL fired the bullets that ultimately resulted in the death of the iconic terrorist mastermind.

According to a report from WNCT, O'Neill has had other run-ins with law enforcement, including an arrest in 2016 on suspicion of driving under the influence in his home state of Montana. The report also says that the arrestee was previously charged with a felony.

According to the authorities, they discovered O'Neill dozing off in the driver's seat of his automobile while it was still running.

O'Neil pleaded not guilty in that case, stating that he had taken "a prescribed sleep aid to help with long-standing severe insomnia," and plead not guilty in court.

However, he was charged with negligent endangerment under an arrangement that permitted him to defer prosecution while he participated in a treatment plan with the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Eventually, the prosecutors decided to withdraw the allegation once it was determined that his medicine was to fault. Despite this, he was charged with negligent endangerment.

After sharing a selfie of himself on social media in which he was not wearing a mask while traveling, in violation of a COVID regulation that was in force at the time, O'Neill has also been barred from traveling with Delta Air Lines since 2020.

Written By:
Charlotte Tyler

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