The dropping of accusations by judo coach Alain Schmitt of domestic violence against Olympic champion Margaux Pinot sparked outrage from stars of French judo on Wednesday, when the prosecution appealed the decision.
Believing “not to have enough evidence of guilt” of violence by the former member of the French judo team on his partner at the weekend in the Paris region, the Bobigny criminal court released Alain Schmitt.
At the trial, the prosecution had denounced “very serious violence, even for a first-time offender”, on the part of Alain Schmitt, and requested against him a one-year suspended sentence. After the charges were dropped, she announced that she was appealing.
In a message of support to her colleague in the France team, the female star of French judo Clarisse Agbégnénou said she was “shocked” by the court decision.
“I do not have the words to express everything that is going on in my head and my body as a woman in the face of what my teammate Margaux Pinot has undergone”, tweeted the flag bearer of the French delegation at the Olympic Games from Tokyo.
I do not have the words to express everything that is going on in my head and my body as a woman in the face of what my teammate Margaux Pinot has gone through.
All the more shocked by the court’s decision. What does it take for the sanctions to fall, death? https://t.co/gITdlNxmLs
– AGBÉGNÉNOU Clarisse (@ Gnougnou25) December 1, 2021
“We are all deeply touched by what our teammate Margaux Pinot has just undergone,” added three-time Olympic champion Teddy Riner a few minutes later.
Alain Schmitt, 38, was arrested in a state of intoxication on the night of Saturday to Sunday a few hours before his scheduled departure for Israel, where he is expected to take the reins of the women’s national team.
Margaux Pinot accuses her companion and former trainer within the Etoile Sportive club of Blanc-Mesnil (Paris region) of having beaten her, pulled her hair, but also of having tried to strangle her during a altercation in the apartment of the young woman of 27 years.
Suffering from bruises and a broken nose, she was prescribed ten days of temporary absence from work (ITT).
On Wednesday, the gold medalist in Tokyo with the France team, in the new mixed team event, spoke for the first time on social networks.
“What is their slanderous defense worth against my injuries, and the blood strewn on the floor of my apartment?” What was missing? Death at the end, perhaps? ”She protested by posting a photo of her swollen face, which seems to have been taken shortly after the fact.
Tuesday’s hearing was marked by conflicting versions.
Also presenting a bruised face, Alain Schmitt, bronze medalist at the 2013 Worlds (-81 kg), denied “100%” the facts with which he was accused.
At the bar, he denied having dealt the slightest blow to his companion, instead describing a fight between lovers as a “tornado”, based on judo and triggered by Margaux Pinot.
“It was not a judo fight, it was punches,” protested the judokate at the bar.
The individual record of Margaux Pinot, who fought in two categories (-63 and -70 kg), notably includes a world bronze medal in 2019, two titles of European champion (2019 and 2020) and two silver medals continental (2017, 2021).
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