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“What was missing? What might die?”: A judo coach is acquitted in France, accused of assaulting his partner, the Olympic champion Margaux Pinot

Posted: Dec 4, 2021 13:26 GMT

The athlete expressed her rejection and discontent, and shared a photograph of her face, visibly swollen and hurt, on her social networks.

Alain Schmitt, a French judo coach accused of domestic violence against his partner, the Olympic champion Margaux Pinot, was acquitted by the justice of his country. At a hearing on Wednesday, a criminal court released him arguing that there was “not enough evidence” to support the accusations, local media report.

Known the decision, Pinot expressed his rejection and discontent, and shared on his social networks a photograph of his face, visibly swollen and hurt. “What good is your slanderous defense against my injuries and the blood on the floor of my apartment? What was missing? What dies, perhaps?“, wrote.

According to the complaint filed, Schmitt attacked her on November 27 at her home in Paris: he insulted her, he hit her and she tried to stop him. The attack forced her to escape and take refuge in the house of some neighbors, from where the police were notified. She was later taken to a hospital to treat her injuries, including a nose fracture. The technician was arrested for questioning.

“He insulted me, punched me, hit my head on the ground several times. And finally he strangled me,” said the champion in her post, shared this week.

“She lies”

Meanwhile, the technician flatly rejected the accusations. He admitted that they had had a couple argument, but stressed that Pinot had started it and hit him. According to his statements, she attacked him angrily because the next day he was traveling to Israel, where he had been hired to lead the national women’s judo team. Schmitt accepted the job to get out of his relationship with Pinot, which he described as “complicated”, picks up the RFI station.

In a press conference after his acquittal, where he appeared with a bruise on his eye, he claimed that his partner tried to prevent him from leaving the home by pulling him by the shirt and arm. He insisted that “neither hit nor kicked” and argued that Pinot’s injuries were the result of the two colliding with walls, a radiator, a door and the floor, in the middle of their fight, based on judo grabs. “Of course she is lying,” Schmitt declared.

The defense of Pinot will appeal the verdict and his attorney, Rachid Madid, commented that he will seek to clarify matters in this case and gather additional information to support the appeal. “He lies, he continues to pass me off as a hysterical woman,” the athlete said a few hours later, during a press conference in the presence of her lawyer.

Margaux, a gold medalist in judo in the mixed team event at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, has been supported by the French Federation and her colleagues Clarisse Agbegnenou and Teddy Riner, who believe that more should be done to support the victims of domestic abuse. Meanwhile, the Israel Judo Association confirmed to the . agency that it had suspended all contact with Schmitt following the accusations.

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