Crime & Justice

Soccer player Dani Alves testifies in rape trial, says sexual relationship was consensual

Barcelona (Spain), Feb 7 (EFE).- Former Barcelona FC star Dani Alves insisted on Wednesday before a Barcelona court that he had consensual sex with the young woman who accuses him of raping her in a private bathroom of a Barcelona nightclub in 2022.

The prosecution is seeking a nine-year prison sentence for sexual assault and gives full credibility to the victim’s story, which it considers to be “persistent, completely credible and raw.”

While on the stand, the Brazilian defender refused to answer questions from the prosecution or the victim’s lawyer, and cried while answering questions from his own attorney.

The footballer gave the last version about what happened, of the several versions he has given during the investigation, according to which he had a consensual sexual relationship with the young woman because both felt “attraction” and that when he learned from the press days later that he was accused of sexual assault, “the world fell on him.”

The soccer player reiterated his latest version of events from the various versions he gave during the investigation, that he had a consensual sexual relationship with the young woman because they both felt “attraction” and that when he learned from the press days later that he was accused of sexual assault, “the world fell on him.”

In an interrogation that lasted barely a quarter of an hour, the former Barça player described how on Dec. 30, 2022, when the events took place, he dined with friends at a restaurant in Barcelona, where they drank five bottles of wine and a Japanese whiskey, then went to a bar and had “a round of gin and tonics” before entering the Sutton nightclub.

The number of drinks he had is relevant because he is citing drunkness as a mitigating factor.

Alves said that at 2:30 am he and one of his friends arrived at Sutton – a nightclub where he was a regular – and were led to a private room in the club, where the two of them spent some time with two young women until they decided to invite the victim and her two friends to their table.

When confronted with the testimony of the women, who claimed that from the very first moment Alves had a “creepy” attitude and touched them in way that made them uncomfortable, the defendant declared that they talked and danced and that he is a “very approachable person, but always respectful.”

He said that he danced with the young woman who accused him of rape “very closely”, but always “having a good time, enjoying it”, and that she never pushed him away.

“I thought there was sexual attraction,” said the footballer, alleging that he then proposed to the young woman to go to the bathroom of the private room to have sex, which she accepted.

“I did not have to insist at all,” he claimed.

Once in the bathroom, Dani Alves elaborated, the young woman kissed him and gave him oral sex, after which he penetrated her, and assured that both were “enjoying” the moment.

“At no time did she tell me that she wanted to leave. If she wanted to leave, she could leave, she was not forced,” insisted the footballer, after explaining that he is “not a violent man.”

Since his arrest on Jan. 20 last year, Alves has offered four versions of this episode: first he claimed that he did not know the victim, then he admitted that he had been with her in the club’s bathroom without anything happening between them, and finally, when the judge confronted him with the rape kit results, he claimed that the accuser had performed fellatio on him, in a consensual manner.

But when the test results showed traces of Alves’ semen in the victim’s genitals, the footballer testified again and changed his story, saying for the first time that he had consensual vaginal intercourse with the young woman.

When questioned by his lawyer, Inés Guardiola, the accused said that the account he gave to the court on Wednesday was the same as the one he gave during the investigation of the case, only admitting that he had omitted some details in his first testimony before the investigating judge: “I spoke of a fellatio because I thought it was the only thing my wife could forgive me for.”

Dani Alves broke down in sobs as he recalled the moment he learned that he had been accused of rape, an accusation that he says “practically bankrupted” him, since as a result of the case he was blocked from all soccer contracts, including endorsements. EFE

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