German football player Jerome Boateng was found guilty of attacking his ex-girlfriend and the court ordered him to pay a fine of 1.8 million euros.
He denied that he injured Sherin S, the mother of his twin daughters, during an argument on a 2018 vacation.
She said in court in Munich that the former Bayern Munich football player and winner of the 2014 World Cup hit her so hard that she lost her breath for a moment.
In his testimony, Boateng described in a different way what happened.
According to German laws on the prevention of domestic violence, Boateng was threatened with up to five years in prison.
Boateng was dressed in a dark blue suit, and he was accompanied by bodyguards when he arrived in court on Thursday morning with lawyer Kai Walden.
Ahead of the start of the trial, prosecutors accused Boateng of intentionally inflicting bodily injuries.
He allegedly shot a lamp and a small refrigerator at his ex-partner during a vacation in the Caribbean in July 2018.
Testifying in court, the woman said Boateng punched her, pulled her by the hair, bit her on the head and insulted her during the quarrel.
Boateng admitted that tensions increased during the card game and that the two of them quarreled.
But he said that the woman became aggressive, that she insulted him, hit him and hurt his lip.
When he tried to push her away, she fell, he claimed.
He also said he threw a pillow on the table and then the lamp fell to the floor.
The hearing was supposed to take place in December, but was postponed because one of the witnesses was prevented from appearing.
Boateng is a prominent name in the world of football and on social networks, and he achieved world fame and a trophy career thanks to his performances for Bayern and the German national team.
Boateng started his professional football career in Hertha Berlin in 2007.
After that, he wore the jersey of Hamburg and English Manchester City, and in 2011 he moved to Bayern Munich.
He won 22 trophies at Bayern, including the Champions League twice, and was the German champion on nine occasions.
His contract with the Munich club expired this summer, so he signed for the French Olympique Lyon as a free agent.
In February, Boateng’s second ex-girlfriend, twenty-five-year-old model Cassia Lenhard, took her own life in an apartment in Berlin.
Berlin police found her body while Boateng was playing for Bayern at the Club World Cup in Qatar.
The media in Germany then announced that Boateng ended his relationship with Lenhard shortly before the tragedy.
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Source: Dnevni list Danas by www.danas.rs.
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