Moroccan soccer player Achraf Hakimi from Paris Saint-Germain is on suspicion of rape in the focus of the French judiciary. As the German Press Agency learned from the Nanterre public prosecutor's office on Friday, investigations were initiated against the 24-year-old on Thursday evening after a survey.
The process can ultimately lead to criminal prosecution if investigators see sufficient evidence against the accused. Otherwise, they can also discontinue the procedure. Hakimi's lawyer Fanny Colin told the newspaper "Le Parisien": "The allegations are false."
A 24-year-old woman told police she was raped by Hakimi last weekend. She drove an Uber to his home in Boulogne on February 25. There Hakimi is said to have kissed her against her will on the mouth, pulled up her clothes, kissed her breasts and penetrated her with a finger. The woman finally pushed the professional back with her foot and alerted a friend, who then picked her up.
Hakimi has been placed under judicial supervision and is not allowed to have any contact with his alleged victim. After the accusation became known, PSG initially supported the defender. "The club supports the player who has firmly denied the allegations and trusts the judiciary. PSG is an institution that promises respect on and off the pitch.”
Hakimi was a guest at the Fifa gala on Monday evening, where Lionel Messi was honored as world footballer. The team of the former Dortmund player will play next Wednesday in the Champions League round of 16 second leg at FC Bayern Munich.