Suara.com – Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) right-back and Moroccan national team Achraf Hakimi on Friday (3/3/2023) was charged with alleged coercion. The indictment comes after accusations were made by a 24-year-old woman.
Based on the AFP report, Hakimi was questioned by prosecutors on Thursday (Paris time) and then charged.
A PSG spokesperson said that the club would “provide support” to Hakimi and trust the ongoing legal process.
The 24-year-old defender allegedly paid for the woman to come to his home in the Paris suburb of Boulogne-Billancourt last Saturday while his wife and children were away on holiday.
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The woman then went to the police station on Sunday and was questioned by prosecutors the following Wednesday, according to sources familiar with the case.
Hakimi’s lawyer Fanny Colin said his client categorically denied all the allegations and called himself the victim of “an attempted blackmail.”
Meanwhile, the woman’s attorney, Rachel Flore Pardo, said her client finally had the possibility to defend himself.
“My client stands by everything he said. He made the choice to speak to the prosecution and did not want this affair to be exposed to the media, primarily to protect his safety,” Pardo said.
Under French law, being charged does not mean the case will go to trial.
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Hakimi himself has just been included in the list of the best squad for 2022 along with his two PSG teammates, namely Lionel Messi and Kylian Mbappe at the ‘The Best FIFA Football Award’ event on February 28. (BETWEEN)
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