Spanish Prosecutors File Lawsuit Against Luis Rubiales for Sexual Assault and Coercion
Introduction to the Lawsuit
Spanish state prosecutors have taken legal action against Luis Rubiales, the suspended president of the Spanish soccer federation, for allegations of sexual assault and coercion. The lawsuit was filed following an incident in which Rubiales kissed player Jenni Hermoso on the lips without her consent during the awards ceremony after Spain’s victory in the Women’s World Cup.
Allegations and Formal Accusation
The incident in question occurred on August 20 in Sydney, Australia, after Spain’s Women’s World Cup triumph against England. Jenni Hermoso formally accused Luis Rubiales of sexual assault, prompting the legal action. According to the allegations, Rubiales kissed Hermoso without her consent during the awards ceremony.
Potential Legal Consequences
Spanish prosecutors have based their case on a sexual consent law passed the previous year. If found guilty of sexual assault, Rubiales could face significant legal consequences, including a fine or a prison sentence ranging from one to four years.
Allegations of Coercion
In addition to the sexual assault allegations, prosecutors have also raised concerns about potential acts of coercion by Rubiales. According to Hermoso, she was pressured by Rubiales to defend him publicly immediately following the scandal surrounding his behavior. Rubiales, however, maintains that the kiss was consensual, contradicting Hermoso’s account.
Spanish prosecutors have submitted their lawsuit to Spain’s National Court in Madrid, seeking legal action against Rubiales. They have also requested that Rubiales appear before a court to provide preliminary testimony. If the National Court judge decides to proceed with the case, it will initiate a formal court investigation that will ultimately result in a recommendation either to dismiss the case or proceed to trial.
The outcome of this legal action will determine the consequences for Luis Rubiales in response to the allegations of sexual assault and coercion arising from the Women’s World Cup incident.Read More On The Topic On TDPel Media