PSG defender Achraf Hakimi is accused of rape

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Paris Saint-Germain star Achraf Hakimi is accused of raping a woman at his home.

French prosecutors have opened a preliminary investigation into a rape accusation against Paris Saint-Germain defender Achraf Hakimi, a judicial official said on Monday.

The investigation is being led by the prosecutor’s office in the Paris suburb of Nanterre, the official said.

A judicial source told ESPN on Monday that a 23-year-old woman went to police over the weekend and said that Hakimi, 24, raped her. The woman didn’t want file charges, but the prosecutor’s office still decided to open an investigation.

The public prosecutor’s office handling the case in Nanterre declined to comment, but complained that ‘information already made public’ in the media ‘undermined the necessary investigations to find out the truth’.

PSG officials did not respond to requests for comment, and Hakimi has not publicly responded to the accusation.

The Spain-born Hakimi, a right-back and star of Morocco’s history-making team at the World Cup, did not play in PSG’s victory over Marseille on Sunday because of thigh problems.

Hakimi was part of the Morocco team that finished fourth in the World Cup in Qatar.

His penalty secured a 3-0 shoot-out win over Spain to steer Morocco into uncharted territory, with the north African side going on to become the first from the Arab world to reach the last four at a World Cup.

 

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