German international footballer, Jerome Boateng, a been fined €1.2 million (1. 17 million) by a court for abusing his ex-girlfriend.
The World Cup winner was found guilty of assault, violence, and insulting his ex-girlfriend, Kasia Lenhardt after an appeal in Munich.
Bayern Munich defender, Jerome was on trial for assaulting his girlfriend, while on holiday in the Caribbean after the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
The footballer’s ex-girlfriend accused him of striking her during an argument, causing her to suddenly lose her breath. The court ruled on Wednesday that this claim was true.
According to the court judgement statement, Jerome Boateng caused significant discomfort and harm to his ex-girlfriend and was involved in a series of altercations with her while on holiday in the Caribbean.
“To the court’s conviction, the accused threw a cooler bag in the direction of the co-accuser causing them pain during an argument on a holiday visit to the Caribbean. In the further course of this evening, the accused caused an eye injury to the co-accuser during a physical altercation and caused further injuries. In these instances, the co-accuser was also insulted,” the court ruling read.
He had initially been fined €1.8 million at his first trial in September 2021. Prosecutors had asked the court to impose an 18-month suspended prison sentence.
The €1.2 million fine will be used to support associations that provide assistance to female victims of violence.
The Ghanaian-born German Jerome Boateng had denied the charges and an appeal is still possible but the process must begin within a week.
The couple has two twin daughters, Lamia and Soley Boateng.