Five-times world champion O’Sullivan released a statement saying he wanted to focus on his snooker after claiming he had been "bullied" by Hearn and the game's authorities during an astonishing press conference after his 10-7 win over Gary Wilson on the second day of the World Championship.
"There has been some speculation and commentary around the answers I gave when questioned by the media at my press conference on Sunday," said O'Sullivan.
Any outstanding issues with the snooker authorities will be addressed by my legal team following the conclusion of this great event, when I hope a sensible resolution can be reached.
“I will not be making any further comment about this during the World Championships. I request the press and media respect this position in all further interviews.
“I wish to focus all my energies on performing to the very best of my ability for the fans in my quest for a sixth world title.”
The outburst appeared to be triggered by O'Sullivan being reminded that Hearn said his clipped answers and eccentric behaviour in recent media interviews had become "embarrassing".
O'Sullivan turned the tables on Hearn and his board, stating he had been left distressed by a letter from disciplinary chiefs after he criticised referee Terry Camilleri and swore at a press photographer during January's Masters.
O'Sullivan says he had been pushed over the edge by the reaction from World Snooker, having been incensed by previous disciplinary cases opened against him.
"I phoned Barry up four weeks ago and I said, 'Look Barry, I'm done with all you and your board of people'," said O'Sullivan.
"And I've got a very good friend of mine who said, 'Just let my lawyers deal with it'. I won't get involved with it because I'm not being bullied, I'm not having people doing that to me ever again.
"I like Barry but I'm not being intimidated or bullied any more.
"I've given 25 years of service to this game and I think I've given enough. Drop me out, I don't need you, you probably don't need me."
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