Luis Rubiales has appeared in a Madrid courtroom to reply to allegations of sexual assault and coercion made towards him by Spanish soccer participant Jenni Hermoso. This comes simply days after he resigned as the pinnacle of Spain’s soccer federation. Rubiales, 46, didn’t make any statements as he entered the nationwide courtroom. He maintains that the kiss he shared with Hermoso after Spain’s Girls’s World Cup victory was consensual. The courtroom will now decide whether or not the case will proceed to trial.
The Spanish state prosecutors have formally filed a prison grievance towards Rubiales, which shall be heard by Decide Francisco de Jorge. The incident in query occurred on 20 August when the Spanish ladies’s workforce received the World Cup in Australia. Rubiales’s actions through the celebrations after the ultimate whistle have since been the topic of controversy. He resigned as president of the soccer federation on Sunday, expressing his perception within the fact prevailing.
Jenni Hermoso, 33, asserts that the kiss was not consensual. Prosecutors have added a cost of coercion, arguing that Rubiales exerted strain on the ahead to defend him amid the uproar following the incident. Spain’s left-wing authorities lately reformed consent legal guidelines following a high-profile gang-rape case in 2016. Below the “Solely Sure is Sure” legislation, Rubiales may face fines and even imprisonment if discovered responsible of sexual assault.
The choose will evaluation a number of movies from varied moments surrounding the incident, corresponding to earlier than, throughout, and after the ceremony. The choose has particularly requested to view footage of the kiss “from all angles.” Moreover, the choose has requested for a video of the celebration within the dressing room and pictures from the workforce bus because the workforce departed the stadium in Sydney.