Jérôme Boateng has been convicted of physical assault. According to the indictment, the former German international allegedly injured his former partner three years ago during a heated argument while on holiday in the Caribbean
Former German national football player Jérôme Agyenim Boateng has been convicted for intentional bodily harm to his former girlfriend.
For the assault, which allegedly occurred three years ago, a Munich District Court fined Boateng the sum of 1.8 million euros on Thursday.
The public prosecutor, who charged Boateng for insult and bodily harm, had demanded a suspended sentence of one and a half years and a fine of 1.5 million euros. However, in its judgement, the court only assumed “a punch” to the face of the woman but nevertheless imposed a record fine on him.
Boateng’s lawyer had denied the accusations, saying it was ‘testimony against testimony’ as the former partner of the Afro-German footballer had no evidence to back her accusations.
Boateng, 33, a member of Germany’s 2014 World Cup winning team, was accused of attacking his 31-year-old ex-girlfriend in July 2018 during a holiday in the Turks and Caicos Islands in the Caribbean.
According to the accounts of the woman, the footballer had “hit her, punched her, bit her in the head, threw her to the ground and violently insulted her”.
She told the police before the trial that she had suffered headaches and neck pain as well as several haematomas, including a black eye.
The incident occurred when an argument broke out while both were playing a game of cards. Tensions were said to be running high between the former couple, who disagreed over living arrangements as Boateng chased a high-profile transfer to Paris Saint-Germain, which never materialised.
Boateng, 33, who signed for French club Lyon last week after a decade at Bayern Munich, denied the accusations and stressed that he had never hit his ex-girlfriend, who is the mother of his twin daughters. His lawyer had demanded for his acquittal.
Boateng, in his own account of the incident in court, said his former partner had become aggressive during the argument, insulting him and hitting him. He sustained a cut lip. When he then tried to push her away, she fell.
The next day, however, the two made up again, Boateng said in his testimony. “We had talked things out, made up, the children were happy, and they danced.” And she was “in the best of moods”.
According to Boateng and his former partner, they had been in an “on-off relationship” since 2007. In 2014 they became temporarily engaged, and since 2015 they have been locked in an ongoing legal dispute over the custody of their 10-year-old twin daughters, who currently live with the footballer.
While Boateng and a friend who was travelling with him at the time denied the accusations, the girlfriend of his former partner, who was also on holiday with them, heavily incriminated him.
The public prosecutor, Stefanie Eckert, described the woman as a “victim of domestic violence”. However, not only she had been a victim, but also Boateng was also “a victim of their common toxic relationship”.
The judgement is not yet legally binding and could still be appealed. The Munich public prosecutor’s office had already filed the charges on 11 February 2019. But it is only in September 2021, two years and eight months later, that the trial was conducted.
The court verdict is the latest chapter in a turbulent year for Boateng. Another of his ex-girlfriends, Kasia Lenhardt, was found dead having committed suicide in a Berlin flat in February. The 25-year-old influencer and model killed herself six days after Boateng had called off their relationship.
Born on 3 September 1988 in Berlin to a German mother and a Ghanaian father, Boateng was a member of the squad that won a fourth World Cup crown for Germany in Brazil in 2014. He has however not played for his country since he was dropped by former national coach Joachim Loew in March 2019.
The former Bayern Munich defender was voted German Footballer of the Year by sports journalists in 2016. He has been with Olympique Lyon since the beginning of the 2021/22 season.