The Olympic judo champion Margaux Pinot denounces her coach and partner for attacking her: “I thought I was dying”

Margaux Pinot, 27, winner of a gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics, denounced her partner and coach Alain Schmitt on Sunday, November 28, for having physically and verbally attacked her in her apartment on the outskirts of Paris.

According The Guardian, the man “threw her to the ground, verbally abused her, hit her many times, repeatedly hit her head on the ground and tried to strangle her.” Pinot tried to escape from the apartment with the help of neighbors and called the police. That same night, Schmitt was arrested and interrogated.

The trial took place on Tuesday and the man denied all allegations. The state prosecutor asked for a year’s parole as a case of serious violence, but the jury decided that there was insufficient evidence or signs of abuse to proceed with the accusation. “Schmitt told the Court that he denied the allegations ‘100%’ and that it was a couple’s fight that Pinot had started,” comments The Guardian.

Margaux Pinot published a photograph on Wednesday on her Instagram account in which her face was completely damaged by the attack and in which she wrote at the bottom: “On the night from Saturday to Sunday, I suffered an attack at my home by my partner and coach. I have been insulted, beaten with fists, my head hit the ground repeatedly. And finally strangled. I thought I was dying, I managed to flee to take refuge in my neighbors’ house, where they immediately called the Police ” .

“I have multiple injuries, including a broken nose, and 10 days off work. Today the Justice has decided to release him. What is the value of his slanderous defense against my injuries and the blood scattered on the floor of my apartment? What is necessary? Death in the end, could it be? It is probably the judo that has saved me. And my thoughts are also for those who cannot say the same, “the message ends.

Alain Schmitt, after the publication of the photograph, gave a press conference and claimed that he felt that he had been brought to trial for pressure on social networks. Later, he again denied all the charges and insisted that Pinot had been guilty of the assault.

“He claimed that they had a fight, that Pinot punched him and pushed him against a door and that while he was trying to escape, they had already slammed into the wall and a radiator. He said that Pinot had made him fall on top of her,” he explains The Guardian

As a reaction, Margaux Pinot also gave a press conference together with her lawyer in which she shared her version of events, assuring that she had to find a way out of that apartment on the night of the attack or else she would die. “Pinot has described a relationship of control and verbal abuse,” says the English newspaper.

Several people and entities, both from the world of sports and politics, have positioned themselves in favor of Pinot’s version, such as the French Minister of Sports, Roxana Mărăcineanu, the French Judo Federation, who was shocked by his injuries , and the mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo.

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