The former Navy Seal who claimed to have killed Osama Bin Laden was recently arrested in Texas on charges relating to causing bodily harm and public intoxication.
Robert J. O’Neill, 47, was arrested in Frisco, Texas, on Aug. 23, 2023, as reported by The Dallas Morning News. The former Navy Seal was released on a $ 3,500 bond on the same day. Jail records only included the bodily harm charge against O’Neill.
According to the Blaze, O’Neill was in Frisco to record a podcast episode at a local cigar lounge.
O’Neill rose to prominence after he took credit for firing the shots that killed Osama Bin Laden, the terrorist responsible for the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, the New York Post reported. O’Neill had been on a covert mission codenamed “Operation Neptune Spear,” which was the raid of Bin Laden’s compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan.
Some have disputed O’Neill’s claim that he killed Bin Laden, saying that the terrorist had already been dead when the former Navy Seal arrived at the compound. Author Matt Bissonnette claimed that another Navy seal was responsible for the shots that killed Bin Laden.
Despite the alleged heroic actions of O’Neill, the former Navy Seal has found himself in trouble several times after leaving military service.
In 2016, he was arrested for drunk driving in Montana. Prosecutors later dropped the charges against O’Neill after it was revealed that the former Navy seal had been using prescription medication to treat an illness relating to his time in the military.
In 2020, O’Neill again made headlines for refusing to wear a face mask during a flight aboard Delta Airlines. He was later banned by the airline.
“I just got banned from @Delta for posting a picture. Wow,” said Robert O'Neill.
— The Epoch Times (@EpochTimes) August 21, 2020
Notably, O’Neill is one of the backers of the Armed Forces Brewing Co., a Virginia-based microbrewer that was recently created amid the fall of Bud Light after the company decided to partner with “transgender” influencer Dylan Mulvaney.
Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin (R) welcomed the new beer company with open arms, saying, it “won’t go woke,” according to the New York Post.
O’Neill has been awarded two Silver Stars, three Presidential Unit citations, four Bronze Stars, and a Joint Service Commendation medal for his military service.