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Margaux Pinot: ‘I thought I was dead,’ French judoka says as partner is released on domestic violence allegations

By Joseph Ataman and Dalal Mawad, CNN

Margaux Pinot, a judoka for the French national team, plans to appeal the Paris court’s decision not to sentence her spouse, whom she accuses of domestic abuse, the law says. Her monk Rachid Madid told CNN Friday.

Pinot, an Olympic champion, caused a stir in France this week after she posted pictures of her bruised face on social media.

She held a news conference alleging her partner and judo coach Alain Schmitt assaulted her.

Pinot was bewildered because a Bobigny court would not allow a case against him.

“Thought I was dead, I tried to get out to take refuge with my neighbors and immediately called the police. I suffered a number of injuries including a broken nose and 10 days of temporary hiatus from work,” Pinot wrote in a tweet.

Schmitt, who trained Pinot for four years, told BFMTV they had “a very complicated relationship” for two years.

“A lot of people know about it… It’s hard to determine when we’re together or when we’re not, it often breaks down and it comes back,” he added.

Speaking to CNN on Friday, Madid said he was “shocked” by the court’s decision.

Madid added: “I was really taken aback by the decision that was made in the first instance because in a way the evidence was gathered to lead to the conviction.

Schmitt appeared on CNN’s BFMTV channel on Friday with bruises on her face, denying Pinot’s allegations and accusing her of lying.

“Not a punch, not a kick,” he said. “She said she didn’t put her hand on me, that means I punched her and she didn’t put her hand on me, are you serious?”

However, during Pinot’s press conference, she said that she didn’t even try to excuse herself and tried to reassure him.

“I tried to stop him, I said, ‘Alain, stop, stop.’ I don’t even defend myself, I try to reassure him, to stop him.”

Pinot’s attorney Madid said that in court, Schmitt “subtly” emphasized points “related to the personality of the complainant, my client, rather than about the conditions under which their story played out. .”

Madid added that he planned to refocus the argument in court when an appeal was heard in the coming months.

Schmitt’s attorney, Malik Behloul, commented on BFMTV this week, saying it was impossible to “say who hit whom, (and) suspicion is in favor of the defendant and so he must be released.”

CNN could not be reached by Behloul for comment.

The Bobigny Court released Schmitt due to a lack of sufficient evidence, according to BFMTV.

Bobigny’s prosecutor, Eric Mathais, told CNN that the prosecutor is also appealing the court’s decision as is allowed in the French legal system.

“Defense is in favor of acquittal, prosecution is asking for conviction, court has ruled in favor of defense, we are appealing,” Mathias wrote in a tweet.

On social media, Pinot’s supporters expressed “sadness” and “anger” at the decision to free Schmitt.

Violence against women in France has resurfaced in public debate in recent years, with much of the media attention focused on the dozens of women killed by their partners each year.

In 2020, security forces reported 159,400 victims of domestic violence perpetrated by a partner (or former partner), according to the country’s Interior Ministry, an increase of 10% annually, including 139,200 women.

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“What is the value of them slandering my injuries, the bloodstains on the floor of my apartment? What is left? For me can die? ,” wrote Pinot in another tweet.

“Perhaps judo saved me. My thoughts to the women who have not been able to speak out”.

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