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French judo Olympic gold medalist Margaux Pinot has shared horrifying images of her bruised and bloody face just hours after courts acquitted her partner and martial arts coach of domestic violence.
The 27-year-old Olympic champion denounced her partner Alain Schmitt for allegedly attempting to strangle and beat her over the weekend.
When he was arrested, he denied the allegations and was later acquitted in court, where the judge said there was insufficient “evidence of guilt” as he delivered his verdict on Wednesday.
He said: “There is never a court to say who is telling the truth and who is lying.”
Stéphane Nomis, president of the French Judo Federation, and French judo star Clarisse Agbégnénou expressed shock at the court’s decision.
Agbégnénou tweeted: ‘I have no words to express everything that goas through my head and my body as a woman in the face of what my partner Margaux Pinot has gone through. Even more shocked by the court’s decision. What does it take for the penalties to drop, death?
Ms Pinot accused her partner and judo coach Alain Schmitt of beating her and attempting to strangle her during an altercation over the weekend.
The 27-year-old Olympic gold medalist filed a complaint against Schmitt.
He was arrested, but denied the allegations and was acquitted in court.
A judge said there was “insufficient evidence of guilt” for the prosecution to proceed in rendering its verdict at a preliminary hearing on Wednesday.
— Guy Moux (@Guy__Moux) December 1, 2021
French athletes have expressed disbelief at the acquittal of a coach accused of domestic violence against Olympic judo champion Margaux Pinot.
“A court is never there to say who is telling the truth and who is lying,” the judge said.
Shortly after the hearing, Ms. Pinot tweeted a photo of her swollen face of hers, marked by cuts and various bruises.
In a tweet, in which she alluded to her injuries and “the blood scattered on the floor of my apartment”, she asked: “What was missing? My death in the end, maybe?”
“It was probably judo that saved me,” she added in the tweet . “And my thoughts are also with those women who cannot say the same.”