West Ham defender Kurt Zouma has admitted to kicking and punching his house cat after his brother posted disturbing footage on social media.
The 27-year-old Frenchman pleaded guilty to two charges under the Animal Welfare Act when he appeared at Thames Magistrates’ Court in east London on Tuesday morning.
Zouma is said to have exacted his violent retaliation on the defenseless male Bengal cat after he accused her of damaging a chair in his home.
Two cats have since been signed for new homes.
The court heard the “premeditated” attack was filmed by his younger brother, lower-division footballer Yoan Zouma, 24, who sent him to a woman he was supposed to date.
But the woman was so shocked that she canceled the meeting, telling him, “I don’t think it’s okay to hit a cat like that — don’t come today.”
Yoan Zouma admitted to assisting, instigating, advising or causing his older brother to commit a crime in one case.
The couple were released on bail before their sentencing next week in the same court.
Trevor Burke QC said for his client that Kurt Zouma had faced racial slurs and threats, lost a “significant” sponsorship deal with Adidas, was fined £250,000 and had not been selected for the France national team since the uproar recordings were made.
The court was told by disturbing footage of the incident, filmed at Zouma’s home and posted on Snapchat on February 6.
The Premier League star was seen chasing the Bengal cat around his kitchen before throwing a pair of shoes at it and hitting her on the head.
The clip featured laughter and included laughing emojis.
Prosecutor Hazel Stevens told the court Kurt Zouma could be heard saying, “I swear I’ll kill it, I swear I’ll kill it.”
He admitted to causing unnecessary suffering to a protected animal on two occasions on February 6.
Hammers defense attorney Zouma arrived in court in a chaotic manner, accompanied by several security guards who climbed out of a vehicle carrying umbrellas to form a protective shield around the accused.
The brothers’ addresses cannot be released due to concerns about threats against the couple.
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/crime/kurt-zouma-west-ham-premier-league-bengal-snapchat-b2086081.html Premier League footballer Zouma admits kicking a house cat in viral video