German footballer Jerome Boateng fined 1.8 million euros for assaulting his ex-girlfriend

Germany’s 2014 World Cup winner Jerome Boateng was fined 1.8 million euros ($ 2 million) by a Munich court on Thursday after being found guilty of assaulting his ex-partner three years ago.

The huge fine imposed by the Munich regional court comes after Boateng was found guilty of intentional bodily injury and insulting his ex-girlfriend, named Sherin Senler.

After Judge Kai Dingerdissen delivered his verdict, Boateng hurried out of the courtroom, surrounded by bodyguards, and drove off in a black van, which was chased by photographers.

Prosecutor Stefanie Eckert had asked for a suspended prison term of 18 months and a fine of 1.5 million euros for what she described as a “toxic relationship”.

The 33-year-old Boateng, who joined French club Lyon last week after a decade at Bayern Munich, attacked the mother of his twin daughters during a Caribbean vacation in 2018.

The defender had previously denied the allegations while testifying for nearly two hours.

Earlier, the footballer’s ex-girlfriend had told the court how he hit her, causing her to lose her breath for a moment during a heated argument during a luxury vacation.

The incident occurred in the weeks after the World Cup in Russia, when Boateng was on the Germany team that was eliminated in the group stage.

Tensions were said to have risen between the former couple, who disagreed over living arrangements as Boateng pursued a high-profile transfer to Paris Saint-Germain, which never materialized.

The Munich court heard an argument break out over a card game.

‘It bites me in the head’

While testifying, Boateng’s former partner described how “he squeezed my eye with his thumb, bit me on the head and pulled my hair to the ground.”

She said Boateng, who is 6 feet 2 inches (1.90 meters) tall, repeatedly insulted her and hit her on the back with “a hard punch and several light blows. It was then that I was out of breath for a moment.”

Boateng and his ex-girlfriend are also locked in an ongoing legal dispute over custody of their twin daughters, who currently live with the footballer.

He is the latest footballer to appear in a high-profile court case.

Manchester City defender Benjamin Mendy is currently in custody in the UK ahead of possible trial on charges of rape and sexual assault.

Turbulent year

The verdict in Munich is the latest tumultuous chapter in a turbulent year for Boateng.

His ex-girlfriend, influencer and model Kasia Lenhardt, was found dead after committing suicide in a Berlin flat in February while playing for Bayern in the Qatar Club World Cup.

He was immediately given permission to fly home after the news of his death.

The 25-year-old died six days after Boateng ended their relationship. He then gave details of the breakup during a frank interview with the leading German daily Bild.

After making 363 appearances over 10 years for Bayern Munich, winning nine Bundesliga titles and two Champions League titles, Boateng’s contract was not extended when it expired in June. Since then he has joined Lyon.

He was a key part of the Germany team that won a fourth World Cup crown in Brazil, but has not played for his country since being eliminated by former national team coach Joachim Loew in March 2019.

Boateng still hopes to add to his 76 matches with Loew’s successor Hansi Flick, his former coach at Bayern Munich, who led the Bavarian giants to a title treble in 2019/20.

(AFP)

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