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Accidental injuries or domestic violence, Olympic rider Kevin Staut and his ex-partner tried in Lisieux

The French Olympic show jumping champion in Rio Kevin Staut and his ex-Norwegian partner, international rider Marie Valdar Longem, were tried Thursday at the Lisieux court for intentional violence committed in Bordeaux in February 2023.

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Accidental injuries or domestic violence, Olympic rider Kevin Staut and his ex-partner tried in Lisieux

The French Olympic show jumping champion in Rio Kevin Staut and his ex-Norwegian partner, international rider Marie Valdar Longem, were tried Thursday at the Lisieux court for intentional violence committed in Bordeaux in February 2023. The two parties agree on an argument in a hotel room in Bordeaux on the night of February 2 to 3, 2023, Ms. Longem having unlocked her companion's phone to read his messages out of jealousy, and wanting him to get it back.

This is where the versions diverge. Ms. Longem, 32, accuses Mr. Staut of then headbutting her in the face to retrieve her phone, causing a nosebleed and loss of consciousness. This thesis is denied by Mr. Staut, 43, who in return accuses the young woman of having sat on a knee that she knew was painful, aggravating her injury, and of having injured her face herself while wishing getting up as he holds her down. “Headbutt” according to lawyer Antonin Lévy, who defends the Norwegian, “accidental injury” for Fanny Colin, counsel for the Frenchman.

Marie Longem quickly went down to the hotel reception to complain about having been headbutted, without however wishing for the police to intervene, and sent a photo of her nosebleed to relatives. “What is proven in this case is that the second Kevin Staut leaves the room, Ms. Longem has a bloody nose and she is afraid,” her lawyer Me Lévy told AFP after the hearing. .

Me Colin believes that her client “was injured by the attacks of Marie Longem but it is not proven that he headbutted her, because that is not true”. The rider described this hearing as “an important step to express myself on this evening, it has been eleven months since I have been dragged through the mud by the financial and media power of the opposing party”.

He also criticized Steve Guerdat, a Swiss rider who came to testify in favor of Ms. Longem: “the Olympic champion from London who comes to Lisieux to talk about that because he has a conviction without even asking me for my version in eleven months, he 'Nothing else to do?'

The deputy prosecutor requested six months of awareness training on gender-based violence for each person, the judgment was reserved until February 22, 2024.

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