French prosecutors are charging PSG’s Hakimi with rape charges
PARIS (AP) — Paris Saint-Germain defender Achraf Hakimi has been charged with rape, French prosecutors said Friday.
The prosecutor’s office in the Paris suburb of Nanterre said Hakimi was questioned on Thursday by investigators investigating allegations of rape. He was subsequently charged by an investigating judge and placed under judicial supervision.
The Moroccan national team has been banned from contacting the alleged victim, a 24-year-old woman who says she was raped by Hakimi on Saturday at his home in a Parisian suburb. According to the prosecutors, Hakimi is allowed to leave French territory.
Spanish-born Hakimi is a defender who helped Morocco make World Cup history last year by becoming the first African team to reach the semi-finals of the tournament. He trained with PSG on Friday.
Prosecutors began their preliminary investigation on Monday.
PSG officials have not commented and Hakimi has not publicly commented on the accusation. The player’s lawyer did not respond to requests for comment.
Hakimi appeared on stage at the FIFA Awards in Paris on Monday. He was honored as part of the player-selected men’s all-star team and was greeted with short, loud applause when he was introduced.
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