Former tennis world quantity two Alexander Zverev has been issued with a penalty order and fined by a German court docket after being accused of bodily abusing his ex-girlfriend, reviews say.
The 26-year-old was fined 450,000 euros (£390,000) in October, press company AFP stated.
Zverev denies the costs and has lodged an objection towards the order, which means he stays legally harmless and isn’t convicted till a closing ruling.
The case may go to a public trial.
AFP and different media reviews stated Olympic champion Zverev, who’s enjoying within the Paris Masters this week, is accused of bodily abusing his former girlfriend throughout an argument in Berlin in Could 2020.
A penalty order in Germany is issued when a decide, after analyzing the written proof, believes a ruling may be made with out going to trial. The defendant has the appropriate to contest the penalty order, which can possible result in a public trial.
In a press release on Tuesday, Zverev’s attorneys stated the proof had been dismissed as “incomprehensible and contradictory” by a forensic medical report from a Berlin physician.
Authorized agency Schertz Bergmann additionally declare the method resulting in the penalty order had included “critical procedural violations”.
Zverev will defend the case with “all of the means at his disposal”, Schertz Bergmann added.
Prosecutors utilized for the penalty order in July, and later that month Zverev spoke publicly in regards to the accusation for the primary time at a match in Hamburg.
“From my aspect I fully reject the allegations. My attorneys are taking good care of the matter. I will not say something extra about it,” he stated.
Earlier this yr an investigation by the ATP Tour – the governing physique of males’s tennis – concluded there was “inadequate proof” to convey disciplinary motion towards the German following different allegations of home abuse made by a distinct ex-partner.
The ATP investigation discovered there was “inadequate proof” to substantiate the claims made by Zverev’s former girlfriend Olya Sharypova.
In 2020, Sharypova accused Zverev of violence and emotional abuse throughout their relationship, which he denies.
The ATP resolution could possibly be “re-evaluated ought to new proof come to gentle”.