In a shocking turn of events, French prosecutors have officially accused Moroccan footballer Achraf Hakimi of rape. The 24-year-old, who currently plays for Paris Saint-Germain (PSG), has been accused by an unnamed woman of committing the crime in his home near Paris on February 25, 2023.
Allegations and Response
According to Le Parisien, the woman initially communicated with Hakimi via Instagram in January 2023, and on February 25, the football star sent an Uber to pick her up. The woman alleges that upon arrival at the apartment, Hakimi kissed, undressed and then raped her.
She reportedly managed to fight back and send a message to a friend for help. The public prosecutor's office has pressed charges against Hakimi, despite the fact that the woman did not file an official complaint. The footballer's lawyer, Fanny Colin, has come forward to deny the allegations and said, "The accusations are false.
He is calm and is making himself available to the authorities." PSG has also released a statement in support of the player, saying, "Paris St-Germain is an institution that promotes respect on and off the pitch." The club went on to say that it trusts the justice system and supports the player, who has firmly denied the accusations.
Divorce and Legal Proceedings
These allegations have had serious consequences for Hakimi, with his wife Hiba deciding to divorce him. The public prosecutor's office has declined to comment on the case, stating that the information published in the media has "undermined the necessary investigations to find out the truth." Hakimi has been a key player for Morocco, helping the team reach fourth place in the World Cup in Qatar.
He was also responsible for securing a 3-0 penalty shoot-out win against Spain, leading Morocco into uncharted territory and becoming the first Arab team to reach the last four at a World Cup. It remains to be seen what the outcome of these allegations will be, and the world will be closely following the legal proceedings to determine the truth.