Jennifer Hermoso, the Spanish soccer star who obtained an unsolicited kiss on the mouth after her workforce received the World Cup, gave proof in Spain’s National Court Tuesday morning towards Luis Rubiales, the previous Spanish soccer boss who’s being investigated over allegations of sexual assault and coercion in reference to the episode.
Ms. Hermoso’s testimony concludes the high-profile felony inquiry of Mr. Rubiales, which was opened days after the World Cup, which occurred in Sydney, Australia, in August.
A choose, Francisco de Jorge, should now determine whether or not to cost Mr. Rubiales or to shut the case. If Judge de Jorge concludes there may be proof of wrongdoing, Mr. Rubiales will face trial on a sexual assault cost — punishable with between one and 4 years in jail. Mr. Rubiales and three executives on the soccer federation, together with the previous coach, Jorge Vilda, may face prices of coercion after they have been accused of exerting strain on Ms. Hermoso to point out assist for Mr. Rubiales.
Mr. Rubiales has denied the fees, saying that it was nothing greater than a “peck.”
On Tuesday morning, Ms. Hermoso was the final in a string of Spanish sporting celebrities to offer proof. The checklist of witnesses summoned by Judge de Jorge reads just like the “Who’s Who” of Spanish soccer, with stars resembling Alexia Putellas, the present Best FIFA Women’s Player; Misa Rodríguez, the goalkeeper for Real Madrid; and Irene Paredes, Barcelona’s star defender. Several soccer affiliation executives have additionally given their variations of occasions, as have Mr. Vilda, Ms. Hermoso’s brother and Mr. Rubiales himself.
Ms. Hermoso spoke to the press outdoors Spain’s National Court after her look. “All is in the hands of justice,” she stated, seemingly comfortable.
What precisely she or the opposite witnesses disclosed to Judge de Jorge has not been made public formally because the hearings have been held behind closed doorways. But shortly after Ms. Hermoso left court docket this morning, the Spanish prosecutor’s workplace issued a press release confirming that she had testified that “the kiss was unexpected and at no point consented.”
The prosecutor’s assertion additionally highlights “the constant harassment” skilled by Ms. Hermoso on the journey residence to Spain from Australia in August, and the way it “altered her normal life, producing a situation of distress and sadness.”
Almost half a yr after the Spanish ladies’s World Cup victory was eclipsed by the conduct of Mr. Rubiales, Ms. Hermoso’s profile continues to rise.
Her latest efficiency on the sphere was instrumental in a Nations League victory towards Italy, conserving alive the Spanish workforce’s hopes of qualifying for the Olympic Games in Paris. Earlier this week, Ms. Hermoso signed a take care of the Mexican membership, Tigres UANL. Reports within the Spanish press put a six-figure quantity to the contract, huge cash in ladies’s soccer. The minimal wage for Spanish league gamers is a mere 21,000 euros, or about $23,000, in contrast with 180,000 euros, or about $197,000, for his or her male counterparts.
Ms. Hermoso was additionally chosen by Spanish broadcaster TVE to co-present the New Year’s Eve celebrations.
Mr. Rubiales, quite the opposite, has virtually disappeared from public life in Spain. Claiming to be a sufferer of “false feminism,” he has maintained that Ms. Hermoso initiated the kiss. But in October final yr, soccer’s international governing physique barred him from the game for 3 years. As he awaits Judge de Jorge’s determination, Mr. Rubiales can also be being investigated by anti-corruption prosecutors over irregularities in using federation funds.